The 5.9″ display may not seem small, but in 2022, we’ll have whatever we can get
If you’re a fan of smaller phones – like many of the authors of Android Police are – then you’re probably looking forward to the launch of the Zenfone 9. Asus’ next non-gaming phone promises to be one of the only compact Android phones out there. Flagships launching this year are rare in this world of phablets and foldables. The company has already sent out invites for the global Zenfone 9 launch event, but if you don’t want to wait that long for the official reveal, a few leaked renders might be enough to bother you.
These photos came from Twitter leaker SnoopyTech, which provided us with shots of the phone from every angle imaginable. Previous leaks already gave us an in-depth look at what the Zenfone 9 looks like, but these renders make it easy to focus on the device itself without distracting from Asus’ marketing.
Overall, it’s a super clean design, quite unlike the ROG Phone series in terms of build and style. A flat edge-to-edge display with minimal borders and a hole-punch camera make up the front, while the rear sports two large camera lenses, all led by that 50MP Sony IMX 766 sensor. The back seems to be made of some sleek textured material, giving the phone some style beyond the usual black. The side rail is completely flat, similar to the modern iPhone and the more recent Nothing Phone 1.
Personally, I think these renders look incredible. While I enjoy the Pixel 6 my daily driver, the idea of swapping out a smaller phone — either via a foldable like the Galaxy Z Flip 4 or something more traditional like this — has seriously tempted me over the past six months. It’s been a long time since I’ve used a device I’d call a “pocketable”, and once you count in some of the recent spec leaks for this thing – which has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ and a relatively huge 4300mAh Battery is included – that might be enough to win me over.
Asus is set to launch the Zenfone 9 at a simulcast event in New York, Berlin and Taipei. With any luck, it won’t be long until we get our hands on this phone – after all, it’s not a small Android flagship coming onto the scene every day.