December 2, 2023

Asus Zenfone has a sure status: it’s a small flagship. Properly, it’s no smaller than the Galaxy S23, however that doesn’t often cease Zenfone followers. This week the corporate launched a brand new member of the household, though you’ll must look carefully to see that it’s not the Zenfone 9.

The Asus Zenfone 10 has the identical exterior as its predecessor (besides that the decals have been toned down). That’s not essentially a foul factor, the 9 is a phenomenal telephone. The important thing dimensions (5.9″ display screen, width and top) have been retained, however the brand new mannequin is barely thicker.

With the addition of wi-fi charging help (15W), it goes from 9.1mm to 9.4mm (and weighs from 3g to 172g). This is without doubt one of the greatest updates of the 12 months. The remainder of the battery specs are the identical as earlier than: 4300mAh capability and 30W wired charging.

Going again to the display screen for a second, the 5.9” AMOLED panel nonetheless has FHD+ (20:9) decision, however the refresh fee has been elevated to 144Hz. Nonetheless, the remainder of the software program continues to be operating at 120 Hz, so that you’ll solely discover the distinction in video games.

Asus packs its small flagship with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with as much as 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The microSD slot isn’t again, however at the very least there’s now an choice for extra storage (the Zenfone 9 topped 256GB).

A few of the important variations are that the ultra-wide and selfie cameras lack autofocus options. There are additionally new sensors, 13MP for the UW and 32MP for the selfie module (as a substitute of 12MP). The principle module is just about the identical, apart from the gimbal stabilization up to date to v2.0.

The Asus Zenfone 10 will begin at €800 in Europe for the 8/128 GB mannequin, with the 8/256 GB and 16/256 GB priced at €850 and €930 respectively (no phrase but on the 512GB choice).

Try our Zenfone 10 assessment for extra particulars.

Let’s examine it with some opponents. The Galaxy S23 is 3mm wider than the Zenfone 10, nevertheless it’s nearly 2mm thinner. A part of that’s the smaller battery (3900 mAh) with comparatively quick charging help (25W wired, 15W wi-fi). It additionally has a 10MP 3x telephoto digital camera.

The 6.1” show runs at 120Hz, however then once more, the Zenfone’s 144Hz mode is restricted to gaming. Additionally, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip is an overclocked model (each CPU and GPU), nonetheless you possibly can’t get greater than 8GB of RAM. You will get the 8/128GB S23 for about €700 relying on retailer reductions.

For a really compact telephone, the Apple iPhone 13 mini is significantly smaller than the Zenfone (15mm shorter, 4mm narrower, and about 30g lighter). The 5.4” show is equally sharp however solely runs at 60Hz. The Apple A15 chipset continues to be quick, although not Snapdragon-level. You could find the iPhone 13 mini with 128 GB of storage for lower than €700.

Samsung Galaxy S23 • Apple iPhone 13 mini

If we think about compactness, we also needs to embody foldable telephones. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 shall be changed on the finish of August, however the older mannequin is definitely out there for lower than €700 for the 128GB mannequin. The telephone makes use of the older Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and has a big 6.7″ 120Hz AMOLED show inside. Nonetheless, it folds all the way down to 84.9 x 71.9 x 15.9-17.1mm. Just like the ZenFone, it lacks a telephoto digital camera and the principle module makes use of a comparatively small 12 MP sensor. The 3700mAh battery is smaller than the S23’s and charging is identical (25W wired, 15W wi-fi).

The Motorola Razr 40 is meant to price €800 in Europe, nevertheless it’s not out there but. It makes use of a Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipset, which isn’t backwards appropriate with the 8 Gen 2, though the inner show is a 6.9” 144Hz LTPO panel which supplies the Zenfone a superb run for its cash. When folded, the Razr measures 88.2 x 74 x 15.8mm. There’s no telephoto digital camera right here both, a 64+13MP setup with smaller sensors. The battery is massive at 4200 mAh and helps 30W wired and 5W wi-fi charging.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 • Motorola Razr 40

It’s time to vote: Pondering of shopping for the Asus Zenfone 10 as your subsequent telephone? Improve from outdated Zenfone or not?