As Apple is preparing to kill the little ones (and least successful) member of its iPhone family, the closest thing to a “perfect” compact Android handset in some time is finally up for pre-order.
Officially unveiled in July as a successor to the released in May 2021 Asus Zenfone 8, the 5.9-inch Zenfone 9 packs a lot of goodies into a tiny body (by 2022 standards, at least) at a fairly reasonable price of $699+.
Even better, the maker of the pint-sized phone promises to hook up all first-time US-based buyers with a free pair of Asus ROG Cetra True Wireless Earphones, which are normally available for $99 on their own. . These bad boys feature state-of-the-art active noise-canceling technology, IPX4 water resistance, wireless charging support, and a combined 27-hour battery life (taking account of said wireless charging case). a nice introductory gift (only valid until September 30).
The Asus Zenfone 9 itself will ship via Mobile Advance (via Amazon) no earlier than October 20 if you order it today, which is definitely a bit inconvenient. But the aforementioned 5.9-inch 120Hz Super AMOLED display might well be worth the wait, especially when you also consider the cutting-edge Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and reasonably hefty 4,300mAh battery underneath. hood of this compact beast.
Your seven Benjamins will buy you a relatively modest (by today’s ultra-high-end standards) combination of 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, but for just an extra $50 you can double that. this last number. Finally, a high-end 256GB storage configuration with a whopping 16GB of RAM also on deck can be yours at $799, which doesn’t sound like bad value either.
Sadly the Zenfone 9 takes a cue from most of today’s giant-sized Android powerhouses in the expandable memory department, lacking a microSD card slot, although on the decidedly positive side of things the handset includes a good old-fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack. …plus a surprisingly fast 30W charger in the box.
Bottom line, you’ve got an absolute, undeniable champion here that just happens to be much easier to maneuver with one hand than most other high-end smartphones on the market today.