ASUS Zenfone 9 to receive two years of OS updates and the same camera as the Nothing Phone (1) as full specifications leak
@_snoopytech_ has leaked more information about the Zenfone 9, having recently shared high-resolution renders of the device on Twitter. While ASUS has already confirmed that the device will debut on July 28, it is saving most details for launch day. Disappointingly, @_snoopytech_ claims that ASUS will only provide two year's worth of OS updates, a standard that most Android OEMs have moved on from, such as Samsung and even LG.
Worse still, the Zenfone 9 will arrive at the end of Android 12's product cycle, with Android 13 having now reached Release Candidate status. Hence, software support will end on Android 14, which will arrive next year. Separately, @_snoopytech_ claims that the Zenfone 9 has a 4,300 mAh battery with 30 W fast charging, 300 mAh larger than the battery in the Zenfone 8. Additionally, the Zenfone 9 will utilise the Sony IMX766 as its primary camera, a 50 MP sensor with a 1/1.56-inch optical format.
In other words, the Zenfone 9 will feature the same primary camera as the Nothing Phone (1) and OnePlus Nord 2. Similarly, ASUS will also equip the Zenfone 9 with the Sony IMX363, a camera that Google has used from the Pixel 3 series up to the new Pixel 6a. However, while Google uses the IMX363 as a primary camera, ASUS will utilise it as an ultra-wide-angle camera in the Zenfone 9.
Conversely, a Sony IMX663 will serve as the Zenfone 9's front-facing camera, which is also found in the Sony Xperia 1 IV. As earlier rumours claimed, the Zenfone 9 will feature a 5.9-inch OLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. Purportedly, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1-powered smartphone will weigh 165 g and will be IP68 certified against dust and water. Pricing has not leaked yet, nor have the device's memory configurations.