ASUS announces 5.9-inch small flagship smartphone “Zenfone 9” overseas. SoC and camera evolved

On July 28, 2022, ASUS announced the smartphone flagship model “Zenfone 9”. While the flagship models of each company are getting bigger year by year, ASUS launched a unique feature of a compact flagship model with the “Zenfone 8” released last year. Zenfone 9, the successor model to Zenfone 8, is also equipped with a powerful camera and high-performance SoC while maintaining a compact body. It has evolved further as a compact and high-spec smartphone.

The r In addition, this article is written based on information announced overseas.
Same 5.9 inch, 169g compact and lightweight body as “Zenfone 8”
Zenfone 9 is a smartphone with a 5.9-inch display. The display is the same Samsung organic EL as Zenfone 8. The resolution is 1080 x 2400 and the aspect ratio is 20: 9. With a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, it is equipped with a high-performance display that seems to be a flagship model. It has a wide color gamut and high display quality, covering 112% of the digital cinema standard DCI-P and 151% of sRGB. It also supports HDR10+.

Zenfone 8 had a round shape, but Zenfone 9 was changed to a square shape. The body size is 146.5 (height) x 68.1 (width) x 9.1 (thickness) mm. It’s only 0.2mm thicker, but the width and height are slightly smaller. It weighs 169g, the same as the Zenfone 8.
The right side is equipped with a “ZenTouch button” with a built-in fingerprint authentication sensor. Three operations, double press, slide, and long press, are possible, and authentication operations for Google Pay and bank applications can be performed. By double-tapping the back of the operation system, it is also possible to take a screenshot or activate the flashlight of the camera. Taking advantage of the compact body, various operations can be performed with one hand.

Four color variations are available: “Sunset Red”, “Moonlight White”, “Midnight Black” and “Starry Blue”. The surface material has an anti-fingerprint coating with high grip. It also has the highest level of drip-proof and waterproof performance of IP68 grade.

Large dual camera with powerful 6-axis image stabilization
The main camera of Zenfone 9 is a dual camera with a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. The in-camera is 12 million pixels.

Sony’s “IMX766” is installed in the sensor of the wide-angle camera. Compared to the Zenfone 8’s wide-angle camera, the sensor size is 22% larger, and the pixel size is also 56% larger, from 0.8μm to 1.0μm, making it possible to take brighter photos in low light. Equipped with a “6-axis hybrid gimbal stabilizer” for optical image stabilization. It is said that you can shoot smooth videos as if you were shooting with a gimbal attached.
Shooting modes include “Pro Mode” that allows you to customize sensitivity, shutter speed, white balance, etc. in detail, panorama, and “Light Trail Mode (Beta)” that allows you to shoot light trails with long exposure.

Video recording is possible at 8K UHD (7680 x 4320)/24fps, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30fps/60fps, and full HD (1920 x 1080)/30fps/60fps.
Equipped with “Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1”. Battery is 4300mAh
The SoC is equipped with Qualcomm’s “Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1”. It is the same SoC as the gaming smartphone “ROG Phone 6” that the company recently announced overseas. Compared to the “Snapdragon 888 5G” installed in Zenfone 8, the CPU performance is 15% higher, the GPU performance is 50% higher, and the power efficiency is improved by 30%. The memory is LPDDR5 with a maximum of 16GB, and the storage is UFS3.1 with a maximum of 256GB. According to ASUS, the score of “Antutu Benchmark” is said to be a high score of 1104795.

Regarding the cooling mechanism, Zenfon 8 used a heat pipe, but Zenfon 9 uses a vapor chamber with better cooling performance. Materials such as graphite and copper were also used to improve cooling performance.

The installed battery capacity is 4300mAh and can be used for 1.9 days (according to the use case assumed by ASUS. As a smartphone equipped with Snapdragon 8 + Gen1, it has achieved top-class stamina.

In terms of sound, a 12 x 16 mm stereo speaker on the left and a 10 x 12 mm stereo speaker on the right are installed (when facing sideways). It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The communication function can attach two nanoSIMs and supports DSDV. Wireless LAN is Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth is version 5.2, and supports Qualcomm’s aptX Adaptive. The basic software (SO) is equipped with “Android 12 with ASUS ZenUI 9”.

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