Asus Zenfone 9: The New Compact King!

Asus Zenfone 9: The New Compact King!

Most underrated phone of the year so far. Love this thing.

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50 Comments

  1. PoRkTeSiNo RN on November 4, 2022 at 6:20 am

    I wish budget smartphone manufacturers like xiaomi, realme, infinix, tecno would make phones as compact as asus zenfone 9. Not all smartphone users prefer bigger phones

  2. Marques Brownlee on November 4, 2022 at 6:24 am

    9:28 Glass is glass, and glass breaks 😉

  3. Rob Hughes on November 4, 2022 at 6:24 am

    I am 100000% getting this right now! The fingerprint reader and headphone jack! Not giant. Its absolutely perfect!!

  4. PoRkTeSiNo RN on November 4, 2022 at 6:24 am

    I wish budget smartphone manufacturers like xiaomi, realme, infinix, tecno would make phones as compact as asus zenfone 9. Not all smartphone users prefer bigger phones

  5. George I. on November 4, 2022 at 6:25 am

    literally s10e with the front facing camera moved on the left side

  6. Jordan R on November 4, 2022 at 6:26 am

    2 years of updates is the silver bullet for this phone. 2 YEARS?!?!

  7. TB on November 4, 2022 at 6:26 am

    i got the 16gb ram version and have been blown away by battery life, camera and performance.. i use asus devilcase for a really great feel in hand. .. one thing few people seem to mention is the security details.. the ability to disable independent modules like camera and mic give a warm cozy feel. I also like that theres a small led for when rear cam is on and the selfie cam is encompased with a white ring when it is activated… one thing that is missing however is UI personalization. i really do not like the icons… changing them requires changing launchers.. why?

  8. Pradeep on November 4, 2022 at 6:26 am

    Asus is better than even iphone

  9. Chris Masters on November 4, 2022 at 6:26 am

    Looks mean. I only bought my iPhone 12 mini because android didn’t have any decent smaller phones but this looks like the go for me next phone I get

  10. Demosthenes409 on November 4, 2022 at 6:28 am

    Could you review the obscure Sony Xperia Ace III?

  11. M. Poivron on November 4, 2022 at 6:29 am

    Marques I don’t get why you mention the recyclable packaging. It’s such a minuscule portion of the impact of a phone. Repairability and sourcing of materials is tremendously more important. Recyclability isn’t even a standardized notion, just because something is technically recyclable does not mean it will be recycled if you put it in the proper bin.

  12. Alistair Borthwick on November 4, 2022 at 6:30 am

    Good reviewer .. very good at his job .. enjoyed the vid and I went to check out the phone. Asus has a visually stunning website. One thing made me laugh though .. an ad for a Vivibook (expensive) and a little note saying ‘1 month free of Adobe Creative Cloud’ as if, after considering spending all that doe, one month free of that software might swing it 😀
    Yup, not seen this phone anywhere .. bit too expensive for me .. really nice though 😃

  13. azul on November 4, 2022 at 6:31 am

    Finally a flagship phone with plastic back! If it were a Samsung phone with micro SD, duo sim and a pen – I would buy it

  14. Bashir Sensei on November 4, 2022 at 6:32 am

    I’ve got this phone today after too much searching and waiting for a worthy compact phone.. before Zenfone 9 release i was confused between the S22, Xiaomi 12, iphone 13
    All this devices having a big disadvantages, samsung removed charger & the headphone jack and it’s still expensive (it has a previous version of processor), Xiaomi having a bad software experience with a lot of complains I’ve heard from my friends, iphone software is very difficult for an 8 years android user, I’m really satisfying with the Zenfone 😃

  15. PoRkTeSiNo RN on November 4, 2022 at 6:36 am

    I wish budget smartphone manufacturers like xiaomi, realme, infinix, tecno would make phones as compact as asus zenfone 9. Not all smartphone users prefer bigger phones

  16. Muddy Boots on November 4, 2022 at 6:37 am

    Most of the casual people just want a compact good performing phone nowadays. It is the gigantic size that keeps me from buying flagship phones. I hope more handy but high end phones come out in the coming years.

  17. DasMe on November 4, 2022 at 6:39 am

    my only gripe i have with the asus zenfone, is the android support, I’d be fine with only two years of android updates but I really wish they at least consider 4 years of security updates.

  18. Zilog on November 4, 2022 at 6:39 am

    This phone is literally everything everyone has been asking for in a phone minus a replaceable battery/parts. Asus nailed this

  19. Jes_Keee’s on November 4, 2022 at 6:44 am

    I’m still rocking the S10e! With 256gb+ 512gb micro SD! My favorite phone of all time! But I’ll give this phone a serious look though.

  20. Rosé on November 4, 2022 at 6:44 am

    700 USD = 1200 AUD
    ;-;

  21. Mickey Deagle on November 4, 2022 at 6:45 am

    Alas, as a Verizon customer, this phone is out of contention. Any other good suggestions for a compact, non-iPhone without Samsung-like software (bloat)?

  22. MOHAMMED IDRIS S on November 4, 2022 at 6:46 am

    hi MK when u did BHD

  23. Sergiu Vasaiu on November 4, 2022 at 6:46 am

    this phone looks like Huawei p50 and Iphone 12 had a baby 🤭😅

  24. Nope Son on November 4, 2022 at 6:47 am

    Who cares about phones rocking when set on a table??

  25. Giovanni Walter Vatieri on November 4, 2022 at 6:49 am

    I wish I saw this review before getting the Pixel 7 argh :/

  26. acp404 on November 4, 2022 at 6:49 am

    Couple of notes about its predecessor, the Zenfone 8. Face ID is super sensitive, it unlocks the screen even if you’re barely in camera’s field of view. On the other hand it randomly unlocks the screen also if I have a face mask or sunglasses on. Doesn’t seem to react to a picture, though.
    Screen’s touch sensitivity is infuriating in some situations. Well, in one particular situation, actually. If the screen surface gets moist in the pocket (like during a workout), then it registers false touches like crazy – butt dials, rejecting calls with ”I’m in class” texts etc. Few times I’ve had my work profile wiped off the phone because of too many wrong password attempts. It’s so bad that I’ve started carrying the phone in my pant pocket with screen facing outward, which I normally never do. I hope Asus has addressed this screen issue in the 9.

  27. PoRkTeSiNo RN on November 4, 2022 at 6:50 am

    I wish budget smartphone manufacturers like xiaomi, realme, infinix, tecno would make phones as compact as asus zenfone 9. Not all smartphone users prefer bigger phones

  28. Feby Sam John on November 4, 2022 at 6:51 am

    It’s incredible how much attention you pay for theme. The camera and the ring lights behind strikes so well.

  29. Валентин Шулягин on November 4, 2022 at 6:53 am

    Pixel 3 had a feature to expand/collapse notifications by swiping the fingerprint from the box 🙂

  30. Rémi Courtillon on November 4, 2022 at 6:53 am

    Cyberpunk 2077 vibes out of this phone, soo cool

  31. Diego Nascimento on November 4, 2022 at 6:54 am

    I HATE how big the phones are these days, I’m struggling to find a replacement for my S9.

  32. 奴隷あり on November 4, 2022 at 6:56 am

    I havent seen a phone this nice since the s10e!! Yay!

  33. Inse van houts on November 4, 2022 at 6:56 am

    Just bought a pixel 7, but this looks like a so much better choice!

  34. PoRkTeSiNo RN on November 4, 2022 at 6:56 am

    I wish budget smartphone manufacturers like xiaomi, realme, infinix, tecno would make phones as compact as asus zenfone 9. Not all smartphone users prefer bigger phones

  35. Leilf Falkenström on November 4, 2022 at 6:57 am

    Nice to see someone building something that is not following the big stream. But to be perfect for me it should have something like Samsung Dex and place for memorycard. The material and colour does not matter because as you mentioned, most use a case on it as I do as well.

  36. Rafiq de Rafew on November 4, 2022 at 7:00 am

    I doubt if anyone cares about headphone jack now a days other than some audiophiles!

  37. Kenshee Labay on November 4, 2022 at 7:05 am

    Really really really really want one but I ain’t got the money 😬🤣

  38. Dalo1913 on November 4, 2022 at 7:06 am

    As a S10e user this will be a welcome upgrade!

  39. juampy varela on November 4, 2022 at 7:06 am

    Omg I don’t want to change my phone, but I’m really feeling this one 😍

  40. thiruvetti on November 4, 2022 at 7:07 am

    1:53 are the ring lights at the back a tribute to this phone’s camera rings? 🙃😋

  41. Eddom Lim on November 4, 2022 at 7:08 am

    Compact size with that battery size, I think fair enough of not able to squeeze in wireless charginf.

  42. Konstantine V on November 4, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Glad to see there’s a company isn’t thinking about Giga/Mega/100x things and giving priority to user experience. Nice one

  43. N Moharo on November 4, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Thanks. This actually makes me consider it. Cons for me are
    1) no SD card support
    2) no mention of support life

  44. Pulp on November 4, 2022 at 7:12 am

    basically a samsung

  45. Oscar on November 4, 2022 at 7:12 am

    notice the lights in the back ground look a
    lot like the camera bump

  46. O_O on November 4, 2022 at 7:13 am

    Once the gen 2 comes out, I might shift out of my iPhone 13 mini. Love the small form factor.

  47. PoRkTeSiNo RN on November 4, 2022 at 7:14 am

    I wish budget smartphone manufacturers like xiaomi, realme, infinix, tecno would make phones as compact as asus zenfone 9. Not all smartphone users prefer bigger phones

  48. Jonas Noon on November 4, 2022 at 7:16 am

    This or Pixel 7?

  49. Ryukikaze on November 4, 2022 at 7:17 am

    I dont need expensive phone, I only need one that work

  50. John Rice on November 4, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Better positions for camera modules would be like minions eyes.😳😊

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