ASUS today revealed the all-new Zenfone 9 smartphone at a virtual launch event. Zenfone 9 is a totally redesigned compact 5.9-inch device with high performance and exciting new features. Powered by the latest flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform, it’s the most powerful Zenfone ever released.
This latest generation Zenfone 9 has been totally redesigned to give it a premium, sleek look and feel, with four eye-catching new colours, a tactile new high-grip texture, and IP68 certification.
The modern design features a massively upgraded dual-camera system with a 50 MP Sony IMX 766 main camera featuring a new 6-Axis Hybrid Gimbal Stabilizer, electronic image stabilization (EIS) and ultrafast autofocus technology for sharp, shake-free photos and videos. There’s also a 12 MP IMX 363 ultrawide camera, and a 12 MP IMX 663 punch-hole front camera for crystal clear selfies and video chats.
As Zenfone 9 fits perfectly in one hand, the ASUS ZenUI 9 (Android 12) interface has been optimized for one-handed use. There’s also the unique ASUS ZenTouch, a multifunction side-mounted power button incorporating a fingerprint sensor for hassle-free unlocking and support for convenient gesture controls.
The new Connex Case accessory allows users to attach the Connex Card Holder or Connex Smart Stand, and there’s also a new Smart Backpack Mount for safely attaching Zenfone 9 to a backpack’s strap.
Compact size. Big possibilities
The 5.9-inch Zenfone 9 is incredibly compact and incredibly powerful. It’s powered by the flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform, with up to 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256 GB of UFS 3.1 ROM storage to deliver smooth and responsive performance, for any task.
Zenfone 9 also runs cooler — and faster — than ever, with a totally revamped cooling system. It now uses a high-tech vapour chamber instead of heat pipes, and there’s an advanced heat spreader that uses copper, graphite sheets and thermal paste.
With its upgraded 4300 mAh battery and power-efficient components, Zenfone 9 lasts longer than ever. It charges quickly too, thanks to its powerful 30-watt HyperCharge adaptor and fast-charge technology.
The advanced 120Hz AMOLED display offers incredible Delta E < 1 colour accuracy and ultra-smooth scrolling, along with a wide 115% sRGB and cinema-grade 112% DCI-P3 colour gamuts for ultra-vivid colours in any conditions. Collaboration with leading visual-processing company Pixelworks® brings the excellent visuals even further with world-beating colour accuracy. The gorgeous display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, so it shrugs off unexpected knocks and scratches to keep it looking good for longer.
Big on personality
We’ve created four eye-catching new colours for Zenfone 9: cool Moonlight White, exciting Sunset Red, gorgeous Starry Blue and classy Midnight Black. The feel of the phone is truly amazing, thanks to a newly-developed textured surface material that’s really tough and comfortable yet grippy. This advanced material additionally helps reduce the weight of the back cover by 36% compared to the previous-generation Zenfone.
Zenfone 9 is also IP68 certified for worry-free use indoors and outdoors for protection against dust and water ingress.
Big on photography
Zenfone 9 has a massively upgraded 50 MP Sony IMX766 main camera that lets users take perfect photos in even the darkest places. The brand-new 6-Axis Hybrid Gimbal Stabilizer keeps everything blur-free and shake-free, even when the camera is moving. This fantastic new gimbal OIS monitors Zenfone 9’s every movement, in every direction, and uses that information to adjust the whole camera module in real-time. It can compensate for shifts of up to +/- 3 °, so it can help smooth out even the wildest action, without optical distortion or ‘ghosting’. Combined with the ultrafast autofocus technology — which focuses quickly and reacts smoothly to changes — and new EIS anti-shake algorithms, Zenfone 9 delivers super-smooth, professional-looking action shots, whatever the subject.
There’s a new Light Trail (Beta) mode in addition to the Night, Pro, Panorama, Slow Motion and Timelapse modes, so users can be sure of perfect shots and video under any conditions.
Audio recording is taken to the next level in Zenfone 9. Audio HDR lets users capture every sound from the quietest to the loudest, just like the human ear. 3D Surround captures breathtakingly accurate spatial sound in natural-sounding high fidelity. And outdoors, the Wind Noise Reduction feature captures crystal-clear recordings in less-than-ideal conditions. Zenfone 9 is still equipped with a standard 3.5 mm audio jack, so users don’t need to worry if they don’t have wireless headphones.
One-handed to the max
Zenfone 9’s hand-friendly size and lightweight design make it effortless to use for any task, anywhere.
The new side-mounted ZenTouch multi-function power button makes everything easy — with just one hand! As well as one-touch unlocking with the built-in fingerprint sensor, it allows users to swipe their thumb up, down or double-click for different functions including voice-to-text, open notifications, refresh a web page, move to the top/bottom of the page, and media control.
The latest ASUS ZenUI 9 interface for Android 12 is better than ever and has been fully optimized for one-handed use. The camera tool panel allows more straightforward navigation of basic phone settings, and there’s also an Edge tool that lets users find their favourite apps easier. A double-tap on the back can be configured to take a screenshot, open the camera, illuminate the flashlight, turn on the sound recorder, open Google Assistant, or control media playback. There’s also a zoom bar scale that makes zooming in and out faster and easier.
New smart accessories
Zenfone 9 is the first phone to use our brand-new Connex modular case system. Users can start with the Connex Case, and clip Connex accessories to the pegboard-like lower half — there’s a Connex Smart Stand with a kickstand that launches an app or game of your choice when you open it, and there’s also a Connex Card Holder for business cards.
The Smart Backpack Mount secures Zenfone 9 to a backpack shoulder strap at the perfect height and angle for use as an action camera. Users can pop their phone in or out of the magnetic holder in just a second — there’s a safety cord too — and just like Zenfone 9, it’s optimised for single-handed use.
Availability & Pricing
ASUS Zenfone 9 will be available from today 28th July, The UK price is £699/799 Euros/699 USD for the 8/128GB model, and £749/ 849 Euros/749 USD for 16/256GB.