Asus Zenfone 9 goes official for €799

Small Android phones are usually dead, but Asus is keeping the dream alive with its new Zenfone 9, a reasonably priced, fairly large Android smartphone with high-end specs.

The Asus Zenfone 9 will be launched first in Europe, Hong Kong and Taiwan, delivering one of the few small flagship smartphones in the Android world. The 5.9-inch device is described by Asus as “ultra-compact” and measures 146.5 x 68.1 x 9.1 mm. In comparison, the Pixel 6a measures 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9mm – considerably larger than the Zenfone 9, but even that is compact compared to most other handsets today.

But despite that small size, the Asus Zenfone 9 packs a punch.

The screen itself is a 1080p AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support and it’s also covered with Gorilla Glass Victus.

Under the hood, the Zenfone 9 has a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and Android 12 out of the box — Asus offers major Android updates for two years and three security patches, an admittedly weak policy. compared to Google and Samsung.

The camera array consists of a 50MP primary sensor that has a dedicated six-axis gimbal stabilizer. That’s supported by a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and there’s also a 12MP front-facing camera.

To round out the spec sheet, there’s IP68 water resistance and a 4,300mAh battery with USB-C charging up to 30W – there’s no wireless charging. There’s also a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that can scroll in the software, and even a headphone jack – something else that’s remarkably rare.

Asus will eventually sell the Zenfone 9 in the United States in its unlocked form, but as mentioned earlier, the device will launch in Europe, Hong Kong and Taiwan first. The phone has a price tag of $799, which is exactly equivalent to $800 USD right now. But we’ll have to wait for a formal announcement for anything that’s final. The phone is available in four colors.

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