Most modern smartphones prioritize everything but a small form factor, with ever-increasing display sizes, batteries and other features that make them difficult to fit into pockets or purses.
The Asus Zenfone line, however, emphasizes form factor and portability, and that trend continues with today’s launch event for the Zenfone 9. This new iteration of the company’s flagship mini-smartphone carries some impressive specs but most importantly, a complete overhaul of the camera system.
The camera includes a gimbal-like stabilization system to eliminate shaky video footage and improve results when shooting in low light conditions. How does it work? The entire camera, lens, and sensors move in the same way to accommodate low-light conditions and accidental vibrations.
You can actually see this movement as you use the camera, with all the various elements moving under the large external lens.
Asus claims that this allows the camera to compensate for three degrees of motion, compared to one degree with the Zenfone 8. This new approach to stabilization is new, sure, but in practice it could rival many big players, such as Apple’s sensor-based stabilization. on the high-end iPhone 13.
As for additional specs, the Zenfone 9 is equipped with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 and a 5.9-inch 1080p OLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The base model comes with with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, although a custom configuration is possible. The frame is made of aluminum and the display is protected by ultra-resistant Gorilla Glass. Oh, and there’s a headphone jack if you’re into that stuff.
Pricing and availability are still pending, at least in the United States. In Europe, the cost is around $ 800. The Zenfone 9 is first launched in Europe, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, with the US arriving at a later date.
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