Asus Zenfone 10: what we want to see

Asus Zenfone 10: what we want to see

The Asus Zenfone 10 could be one of the best phones of 2023, but the company will have to learn from the failures of the Asus Zenfone 9, which in many ways was one of the most disappointing phones of 2022.

It got 3.5 stars in our review, which isn't bad at all, but it's a massive drop from the 4.5 stars the Asus Zenfone 8 got the previous year. These phones have a lot of potential though, so we're cautiously optimistic about the next model.

It will probably be a while, and we still haven't heard from the Asus Zenfone 10. However, once we do, we'll add all the leaks, news, and rumors to this article. But in the meantime, you'll find our release date and price predictions, along with a wish list of things we want to see.

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Asus Zenfone 10: release date and price

There's no word on when the Asus Zenfone 10 might launch, but it probably won't be for quite some time, as the Zenfone 9 only landed in July 2022. However, the company isn't entirely consistent with its releases. like the Zenfone 8 released in May of its launch year and the Zenfone 7 in August of its year.

So we can't say for sure when the Asus Zenfone 10 will be announced, but we're guessing it will be mid-2023.

We can't say how much it will cost either, but for reference, the Zenfone 9 starts at $699 / £699 (around AU$1210), so the price of the Zenfone 10 could be similar.

The back of an Asus Zenfone 9, in someone's hand

The Zenfone 10 could be priced similar to the Zenfone 9 (Image credit: Future)

Asus Zenfone 10: news and leaks

Although we haven't heard of the Asus Zenfone 10 yet, we do know that one or more Asus phones will be powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, so the Zenfone 10 is very likely to be among them, especially since the Zenfone 9 was powered by the Snapdragon. 8 Plus Gen 1.

Gen 2 will be the best Snapdragon chipset of 2023 (at least until a Plus version is released), and will likely be the best chipset found in any Android phone for at least the first half of the year.

what we want to see

The Asus Zenfone 9 left a lot of room for improvement, so the following things are what we most want to see in the Zenfone 10.

1. More cameras

Close up of the camera unit of an Asus Zenfone 9

The Zenfone 9 could work with more cameras (Image credit: Future)

The Asus Zenfone 9 only has two rear cameras, which is not a lot by Android phone standards. So for the Zenfone 10, we'd like to see at least a third added, specifically a telephoto one.

It would also be nice if Asus could improve the shutter speed, as in our Zenfone 9 review, we found that the phone often took a while to take a photo, which could lead to blurry shots.

2. Lower price

The Asus Zenfone 9 comes in at an upper-middle price, but borders on the higher end, just below the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S22 and iPhone 14. It's also more expensive than the Google Pixel 7, and the specs and features that fall they offer are simple. can't justify this.

So for the Asus Zenfone 10, we'd like to see either a price drop or a significant upgrade to the phone.

3. A small screen

An Asus Zenfone 9 from the front, in someone's hand

The Zenfone 9 has a small screen; I hope the Zenfone 10 has it too (Image credit: Future)

The Zenfone 9 has a compact 5,9-inch screen and we want the Asus Zenfone 10 to have a similarly small screen. So we're not asking for any changes here, we really want this look to stay the same.

There aren't many compact phones these days, and especially not with high-end specs like the Zenfone 9, so we'd like to see it continue with the Zenfone 10, as there's surely an audience for them. niche.

4. A glass back

Despite a fairly high price tag, the Zenfone 9 has a plastic back, which we expect more from a budget phone, despite Samsung's attempts to make it passable at the higher end.

So I expect the Asus Zenfone 10 to have a glass back. We can't imagine that would add to the cost significantly, and make the phone that much more worthy of its likely upper-midrange price tag.

5. Larger battery

The Zenfone 9 has a rather small 4300mAh battery, and while that might seem reasonable given that it also has a fairly small screen, it's worth noting that the Sony Xperia 5 IV is only slightly larger, but manages to fit a battery. 5000mAh. .

Either way, the Zenfone 9 doesn't have great battery life, so it clearly needs a bigger power pack or some optimizations, and we'd like to see battery life improve for the Asus Zenfone 10. If it is Well, this could end up being one of the best little phones around.