The Zenfone 10 may lose the best part of the flagship Asus phones

The Asus Zenfone 9 broke cover in the middle of last year with an impressive spec sheet and a rather complex pre-order period. Regardless, we were quite impressed with the device, especially the unique screen size, which placed it among the most comfortable phones to use. While the Zenfone 9 wasn’t much of a chart-topper, it’s clear that Asus isn’t giving up on its smartphone dreams just yet. To that end, a new leak has now detailed the successor to the company’s flagship in 2022, called the Zenfone 10, which will reportedly arrive later this year.


An exclusive report from Pricebaba through delicious My best Google details on the specifications of the Zenfone 10 which carries the model number AI2302. Unlike the Zenfone 9, the new flagship will not have a 5.9-inch AMOLED display, but rather a larger 6.3-inch one, according to the report. This is bittersweet for fans of the Asus high-end smartphone lineup. On the one hand, the Zenfone 10 would finally gain parity with its larger-screened industry rivals. But a bigger screen would also mean the phone would no longer qualify as a compact flagship, an aspect we loved a lot about the Zenfone 9.

Other specifications of the Zenfone 10 would reportedly include the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, backed by up to 16GB of RAM and 256/512GB storage options, plus IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, a feature carried over from the Zenfone 9. There also comes a 5,000 mAh battery with 67W fast wired charging, says Pricebaba.

A 200MP primary rear camera will hope to take on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, although the market will likely be littered with phones carrying this mammoth sensor by the time the Zenfone 10 arrives. Speaking of which, a fourth quarter release has been mentioned for Asus’ latest offering, which would put its arrival date slightly beyond its predecessor’s July timeline. The report says there would be three color options, but no details were given.

The Zenfone 10 should be expected to have Android 13 out of the box, likely with a revamped iteration of ZenUI. Based on the company’s history, an update to Android 14 should follow soon after.

The big takeaway from this leak is that all the software work Asus put in to accommodate one-handed use with the Zenfone 9 and its 2021 sibling could disappear with the 2023 update. Maybe Asus can come up with a convincing argument for the decision, but we’ll probably have to wait a few months for a definitive answer.

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