The nEw ASUS Zenfone 10 comes with some cool features even though the device in my opinion may have lost its mojo… Something which made it one of the best enthusiasts smartphone back in the days. But I digress.
Although I can’t get mad with what I’m seeing, the device still in fact pack some nice specifications such as a moderately-sized display, wireless charging support finally, and even a Gimbal-type camera for better video recording.
Other things are it’s high refresh rates, better battery life and of course the number of colors to chose from now. I guess Asus is definitely trying to open the device up for everyone with the money. So in this post, I’ll basically touch roughly on some of the key features of the device and why you might just consider getting one for yourself.
In the forefront, you are presented with a 5.9-inch AMOLED display boasting a resolution of 1080x2400px, but what sets it apart is the remarkable enhancement to its refresh rate, which now reaches an impressive 144Hz.
This exceptional speed is primarily reserved for gaming purposes, while for the most part, the device maintains a 120Hz-ready sub-6-inch display.
This places the Zenfone 10 in an esteemed category of compact flagship smartphones available in the market.
The display itself is meticulously calibrated to DCI-P3 standards, ensuring exceptional color accuracy with a Delta-E value below 1.
Additionally, it offers a peak brightness of 1100 nits, providing excellent visibility even under bright lighting conditions.
Protecting the screen against accidental damage, Asus has incorporated Gorilla Glass Victus protection, ensuring resilience and durability.
While Asus has made slight modifications to the rear design, the recognizable brand insignia remains intact, much like its predecessor, the Zenfone 9.
Moreover, to augment consumer choice, Asus has introduced two fresh color variations, namely Eclipse Red and Aurora Green, complementing the existing Midnight Black, Comet White, and Starry Blue options.
The camera system has also undergone significant improvements. The primary unit now boasts an impressive 50MP sensor with a 1/1.56-inch size and an f/1.9 lens of 24mm.
Don’t forget about the second-generation 6-Axis Hybrid Gimbal Stabilization whichysignificantly enhances the camera’s stability.
Alongside the main camera, there is a 12MP ultrawide lens and a 32MP front-facing camera for capturing selfies. Although the latter two cameras have sacrificed autofocus capabilities, Asus guarantees substantial enhancements in low-light photography with the new camera setup.
The gimbal mechanism, responsible for stabilizing the primary camera, is particularly noteworthy. Building upon the remarkable stability of the Zenfone 9, the system utilizes the gyroscope to detect any camera movement. This information is then utilized to engage a combination of electronic and optical image stabilization, subtly adjusting the image to ensure a stable overall shot.
There’s also an Adaptive EIS which is meant to intelligently selects the optimal field of view, and if necessary, crops the image further to deliver the utmost stability in every shot.
Harnessing the power of the gimbal, the Zenfone 10 introduces the Light Trail mode, empowering users to capture mesmerizing traffic trails, light graffiti, as well as long-exposure photographs of waterfalls and moving subjects, all while handheld.
Asus is committed to environmental sustainability, as evidenced by the packaging of the Zenfone 10. The device is shipped in an eco-conscious box constructed without adhesive and utilizing recycled paper and soy ink.
Within the packaging, you will find the Zenfone 10 itself, accompanied by a USB-C cable, a 30W charger, and a bumper case.
You can in fact grab one via ASUS’ official store or any of their select retail partners online or offline.
In terms of the capacity of the device, the base model sports an 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, is priced at US$866 (€799) which in my opinion is quite outrageous but considering the fact that the ASUS brand is operating almost at a niche capacity makes me think it might not be a bad move for their marketing team after all especially considering the fact that ASUS have a plethora of products and services they offer apart from selling smartphones.
Anyway, as for the high-end variant of the Zenfone 10 which sports a slightly larger storage capacity such as an 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage capacity, the variant is priced at US$920 (€849) while a higher-tier model with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is available for US$1000 (€929). Additionally, a 16/512GB model is anticipated, although its pricing remains undisclosed at this time.
If yyou think that all the specs I’ve listed above justifies the price tag slapped on the Zenfone 10, you might be in for the ride else, you might as well just look elsewhere if you don’t think having a Gimbal camera is the all-in-all that should justify a smartphone’s ridiculous price tag.
We’ll certainly write more about the device in the next coming days when we get more details about the device especially if we’re able to get one ourselves for reviewing.