ASUS Zenfone 9 India launch date tipped, may arrive as ASUS 9z

ASUS Zenfone 9 launching in India tomorrow?

Highlights
  • ASUS Zenfone 9 is tipped to launch in India on August 23rd.
  • The handset may debut as ASUS 9z since it’s not allowed to use Zenfone branding in the country.
  • ASUS Zenfone 9 ships with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, a gimbal-mounted primary 50MP camera, up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, and an AMOLED display.

ASUS Zenfone 9 launched globally late last month as a successor to the Zenfone 8. It remains the similar compact size of the predecessor yet packs in top-of-the-line specifications. The phone ships with top-of-the-line specifications such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, a gimbal-mounted primary 50MP camera, up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, and an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. With the Zenfone 8, ASUS had delayed the launch for quite a few months and there were hardly any takers when it did launch.

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Now, it appears the brand might not repeat the same mistake with the Zenfone 9. According to YouTuber Sahil Karoul, ASUS might launch the Asus Zenfone 9 in India on August 23. It might debut in the county as ASUS 9z since it’s not allowed to use the Zenfone branding.

ASUS Zenfone 9

ASUS 9z India launch

However, with the said date just a day away, there’s hardly any noise from ASUS. Not even a teaser. There are chances that ASUS might take the Pixel 6a’s silent approach and release it directly without an event.

Furthermore, the YouTuber claims the ASUS 9z price in India will be upwards of Rs 60,000, which is a bit steep considering the competition.

ASUS Zenfone 9 specifications

ASUS Zenfone 9 sports a 5.9-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 2400 × 1080 pixels resolution, HDR10+, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 240Hz touch sampling rate, 112 percent DCI-P3 colour gamut, 1200nits peak brightness, and a Gorilla Glass Victus layer for protection. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 5G SoC paired with Adreno GPU. The chipset is paired with up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, further expandable via a microSD card. 

The ASUS Zenfone 9 is equipped with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security, IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, 3.5mm audio jack, Qualcomm Aqstic WCD9380, stereo speakers, Qualcomm Aqstic amp (WSA8835), and Dirac audio. There is a 4,300mAh battery with 30W fast charging support. Connectivity features include 5G, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, USB Type-C, USB Type-C port and NFC.

Moving to the optics, the ASUS Zenfone 9 features a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture, six-axis gimbal stabilisation, 2X2 OCL PDAF, and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens that supports macro mode, dual PD autofocus, and f/2.2 aperture. There is a 12MP Sony IMX663 selfie snapper on the front for selfies and video chats.

Key Specs

Asus 9Z 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 | 8 GBProcessor
6.21 inches Display
50 MP + 12 MP + 5 MPRear camera
12 MPSelfie camera
4500 mAh Battery
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Asus 9Z 5G Price, Launch Date
Expected Price:Rs. 44,990
Release Date:03-Oct-2022 (Expected)
Variant:8 GB RAM / 128 GB internal storage
Phone Status:Rumoured