Asus Zenfone 9 Review, Pros and Cons

Asus has launched its flagship smartphone, the Asus Zenfone 9. The device is smaller than its predecessor but comes with a faster processor.

The Zenfone 9 comes as the successor to the Asus Zenfone 8 (aka Asus 8Z) and it packs a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Processor, Dual Rear Camera Setup, and more.

Let’s see the full features, specifications, and price of the Asus Zenfone 9. We have also concluded the Pros and Cons of the device along with some FAQs. Read on to check all the details.

Price of Asus Zenfone 9

The device launched in three different variants – 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage, 8GB RAM + 256GB Storage, and 16GB RAM + 256GB Storage. It comes in four color options – Starry Blue, Moonlight White, Sunset Red, and Midnight Black.

The 8GB+128GB model is priced at €799, the 8GB+256GB model is priced at €849, and the high-end 16GB+256GB model is priced at €899.

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Asus Zenfone 9 Pros and Cons

ProsCons
IP68 Water Resistant RatingPlastic Back Panel
Hybrid Gimbal StabilizerNo SD Card Slot
Good Looking PhoneOnly 8-bit panel (no 10-bit color depth)
Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 ProcessorOnly 4,300 mAh Battery
3.5 mm Headphone Jack30W Charging Support
Dual Stereo SpeakersOnly 12MP Selfie Camera
NFC SupportedThe low-light photo needs improvement
Compact Size Phone with LightweightSide-mounted Fingerprint

So, these are the Pros and Cons of the Asus Zenfone 9, now take a look at the full features, specifications, and review of the phone.

Asus Zenfone 9 Review

Asus Zenfone 9 5G has its Pros from Compact Size Design to Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Soc but Asus has also done some compromises which can be a letdown for some users like Plastic Back Panel and 30W Charging Support.

So, let’s go deeper and see what Asus has offered in its Asus Zenfone 9 smartphone.

Display

The phone features a 5.9-inches FHD+ AMOLED Display with 2400 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, 120Hz Refresh Rate, and 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate. It further has a 20:9 aspect ratio, 1100 nits Peak Brightness and HDR10+ support.

The device has an 8-bit color depth that produces 16.7 Million possible colors. The brightness of the device is also good enough to use the phone outdoor without any problems.

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Asus also has added Widevine L1 support which means users can stream FHD+ content on OTT apps like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix.

Even the phone has AMOLED Panel but Asus has not added an In-Display Fingerprint Scanner instead they went with a Side-mounted Fingerprint Scanner. It also works as a multi-function button.

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The Asus Zenfone 9 has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection on the front while the back panel is made out of plastic and the frame is made out of aluminum.

The phone also has an IP68 rating which means the device is water and dust-resistant. The display quality of the device is great and it is a compact design phone, you will not face any issues with the display and Asus has done a great job.

Overall, the display and design of the phone are good and you will not face any issues with it.

Cameras

The smartphone has a dual rear camera setup that houses a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary lens with f/1.9 aperture that has a 6-axis hybrid gimbal stabilizer and a 12MP Sony IMX363 ultrawide angle lens with f/2.2 aperture that has a 113-degree field of view.

There is a 12MP Sony IMX663 Selfie Camera Lens with f/2.45 aperture in the punch-hole design display. The rear camera can record up to 8k videos at 24fps (frames per second) while the front camera can record 4k videos at 30fps.

The phone has gimbal stabilization, so you will not face any issues with videos, but when recording the videos at 8k, the phone heats up a little bit.

The 50MP primary sensor takes some good shots with a good depth of field but it smooths the pictures and also boosts the colors of the images whether it’s an indoor shot or outdoor.

The 12MP ultrawide angle sensor also captures some good shots with good wide angle detailing.

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Coming to the selfie camera, the 12MP sensor captures shots but it’s not enough considering the price and Asus also needs to work on the selfie camera as does not give good shots whether it’s an outdoor shot or indoor.

Overall, Asus needs to work on cameras especially the front camera as it’s not justifying the price of the phone.

Performance

Under the hood, the phone features an octa-core Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Processor which is paired with Adreno 730 GPU. It comes with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 Internal Storage.

The device runs on Android 12-based ZenUI skin on the top out of the box. Asus will provide 2 OS updates and 3 years of security updates. The ZenUI gives you a stock Android-like experience.

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Processor heats up in the thermal testing, however, this heating issue is not the problem of phones, it’s a chipset issue but in real life, the phone does not heat too much even while playing high-end games.

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Overall, the Asus Zenfone 9 will give you the best possible performance to run every single game available on the market.

Battery

The Asus Zenfone 9 comes with a 4,300 mAh Battery that has 30W Fast Charging Support. Asus has also provided a 30W Charger inside the box.

For casual users, it will last for a day but if you are a heavy user who plays a lot of games then ready to charge the device twice a day.

However, Asus should have included a bigger battery and faster-charging support but they didn’t, instead of that they only provided 30W charging support which is not enough considering the price, and the size of the battery is also small.

Audio

The Asus Zenfone 9 comes with dual stereo speakers which give you a better sound experience without any issues. The phone also has a dual noise cancellation microphone that helps you in calling.

Also, the phone has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack to plug in your wired earphones or headphones.

Overall, the audio quality of the phone is good and Asus has done a great job in the audio department, so you will not face any kind of problems.

Asus Zenfone 9 Full Specifications

Display5.9-inches FHD+ AMOLED
HDR10+ support
240Hz Touch Sampling Rate
1100 nits Peak Brightness
SGS Blue-Eye Certification
Resolution2400 x 1080 pixels
Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass Victus
Refresh Rate120Hz Refresh Rate
Dimensions & Weight146.5 x 68.1 x 9.1 mm, 169 grams
BuildGlass Front
Aluminum Frame
Plastic Back
Operating SystemZenUI Based on Android 12
Processor4nm based Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC
GPU – Adreno 730
CPU – Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Cortex-X2, 3×2.5 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A510)
StorageLPDDR5 RAM + UFS 3.1 Storage
8GB+128GB
8GB+256GB
16GB+256GB
Card SlotDual SIM Slot
Rear Camera50MP primary sensor
12MP ultrawide sensor
Video (Rear)8k@24fps
Front Camera12MP Selfie Camera
Video (Front)4k@30fps
Battery4,300 mAh Battery
Charging30W Charging Support
Headphone JackYes
SpeakersDual Stereo Speakers
Bluetooth Versionv5.2
NFCYes
IR BlasterNo
FingerprintSide-mounted Fingerprint Scanner
SensorsAccelerator
E-Compass
Proximity
Ambient light sensor
Gyro (Support ARCore)
Hall sensor
NavigationGPS, Glonass, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS, NavIC
ColorsStarry Blue, Moonlight White, Sunset Red, Midnight Black

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the phone has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack?

Yes, the Asus Zenfone 9 has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack which is a good thing as almost no phone comes with a 3.5 mm Jack at this price.

Is there a 10-bit color depth?

No, the handset does not have a 10-bit panel. Instead, Asus has included an 8-bit color panel that produces up to 16.7 Million colors.

Does the device have Gorilla Glass?

Yes, the Zenfone 9 has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Protection on the top while the back panel is made out of plastic.

Is the device waterproof?

Yes, the device has an IP68 rating which is enough to withstand dust and sand, and is resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

Is there a dedicated SD card slot?

No, the Asus Zenfone 9 does not have a dedicated microSD card slot to expand the storage. You can only insert 2 SIM cards on the phone.

How much mAh Battery does the phone have?

The device packs a 4,300 mAh Battery with 30W Fast Charging Support. The brand has also provided a 30W Charger in the box.

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