Asus’ leaked Zenfone 9 video shows off fun tricks like the scroll key and shoulder mount

Asus' leaked Zenfone 9 video shows off fun tricks like the scroll key and shoulder mount
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Asus has apparently accidentally leaked a promotional video for the upcoming Zenfone 9 on its YouTube channel, and the phone has some very interesting quirks and features. borrow a sentence (via XDA, TechGoing). Perhaps most interesting (at least for those who can grab and leave the headphone jack) is what Asus does with the side-mounted fingerprint sensor, which the video labels as a “smart switch”: it shows an eerie CGI hand-scrolling through a web page by swiping a finger along the edge of the phone.

It’s not exactly unusual to have some kind of gesture built into the fingerprint reader – phones like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip/Fold 3, download notification shade with a similar scroll. (And these phones are far from the first to do this—I remember that feature from the Pixel 2.) But using it to actually scroll content feels like a fun throwback to the era when phones had physical dials or spinner balls to scroll. Will Asus’ version of what it calls “ZenTouch” be an RSI disaster or just a gimmick you use once before shutting it down forever? Maybe. But will it feel like hell once you try it? I bet yes.

Fun side button aside, the Zenfone 9 looks like a very interesting device. According to Twitter user SnoopyTech (who’s snake Some definite leaks The phone will have a 5.9-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate and will be powered by the same screen. Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip Asus put in gaming-focused ROG Phone 6. They also say that the phone will cost between 800 and 900 euros, around 850 to 950 US dollars. That’s pretty high from its $699 starting price. previous generation Zenfone 8which my colleague Allison Johnson called “fantastic” in her review.

Image showing four phones, one red, one white, one blue, and one black.  The slogan is “Asus Zenfone 9. Compact size.  Great possibilities.”

Plus, it comes in fun colors.
Image: SnoopyTech

We’ll have to wait for an official announcement and hands-on to see if this price increase is justified (or true), but the video shows at least a few improvements that could help justify the added cost. The battery has grown a bit compared to the Zenphone 8, which has a 4,000mAh cell that provides “okay” runtime. The video also says the phone’s two cameras have been “substantially upgraded” and shows that the main camera includes a “6-axis hybrid gimbal stabilizer.” Then it shows that this feature is used in conjunction with a really weird accessory called the smart backpack mount; gear part what professional videographers use to lift heavy cameras all day – but for a phone.

Quick question: what???
Gif: SnoopyTech

Accessories aside (there’s also a seemingly modular phone case to which you can attach a kickstand/wallet), this preview actually makes me excited to see the Zenfone 9 officially revealed. Of course, it’s not an iPhone Mini clone running Android. some people want, but it looks like it will continue the Zenfone tradition of being a compact yet high-end Android phone and pack a few fun features to keep things interesting. And a headphone jack — I can’t get enough of the headphone jack.

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