Weekly ballot outcomes: tiny Asus Zenfone 9 stirs huge pleasure


Is the Asus Zenfone 9 the right cellphone for individuals who need a small Android flagship? That appears to be the case, judging by the glowing reception in final week’s ballot – half of people that voted need one.

One other 30% would have an interest, if Asus had provided software program assist longer than two OS updates and safety patches spanning two years. To be honest, Asus stated “not less than two years”, however not everyone seems to be keen to wager $700/€800 on the possibility that patches preserve coming after mid-2024.

Admittedly, the ballot might be skewed – these interested by a small flagship usually tend to learn and vote on a put up concerning the Zenfone 9. Nonetheless, the petite handset has a powerful probability of changing into a success in that individual area of interest, particularly because the Xperia 5 IV is nowhere to be seen.

Folks within the feedback argued on how the Zenfone 9 may very well be improved past the software program assist. The absence of an eSIM, a microSD card and wi-fi charging had been famous.

Worth was talked about as nicely, however telephones with this sort of efficiency and battery life aren’t low-cost, no matter measurement. Even so, the Zenfone 8 launched at €670 final 12 months, €600 for those who caught the early chook deal. That may have been a way more palatable worth for the 9, however even at €800 individuals appear keen to choose one up.