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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a high-quality camera system, the Apple iPhone 13 Pro is the better choice, as it has overall superior camera performance. However, if you're looking for a more affordable option, the Asus Zenfone 9 costs less and still offers a decent camera experience. The iPhone 13 Pro has a larger screen and is slightly heavier, which might be less comfortable for one-handed use compared to the more compact Zenfone 9. For battery life, the Zenfone 9 outlasts the iPhone 13 Pro. Both phones offer high refresh rates for smooth scrolling, but only the iPhone supports a variable refresh rate for optimized battery usage. The iPhone 13 Pro runs on iOS, while the Zenfone 9 uses Android, and your preference for an operating system might influence your decision. If wireless charging is important to you, it's available on the iPhone but not on the Zenfone. Lastly, if you enjoy wired headphones without an adapter, the Zenfone 9 has a 3.5mm headphone jack, whereas the iPhone 13 Pro does not. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 13 Pro
  • Good for taking photos
  • Very good for recording videos
  • Best in class display quality
  • Very good performance
Advantages of the Asus Zenfone 9
  • Good battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

8.0
iPhone 13 Pro
Zenfone 9
6.2
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro has very good overall camera quality, while the Asus Zenfone 9 has only fair overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.8
iPhone 13 Pro
Zenfone 9
6.0
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro takes good photos, while the Asus Zenfone 9 takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

8.6
iPhone 13 Pro
Zenfone 9
6.4
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro takes very good videos, while the Asus Zenfone 9 takes only fair videos.

Battery

6.9 Hours
iPhone 13 Pro
Zenfone 9
7.8 Hours
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro has 6.9 hours of battery life. The Asus Zenfone 9 has 7.8 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Asus Zenfone 9 is 5.9 inches.

Cost

$567
iPhone 13 Pro
Zenfone 9
$700
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The Apple iPhone 13 Pro has a price of $567 and the Asus Zenfone 9 costs $700.
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How the Apple iPhone 13 Pro and the Asus Zenfone 9 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 13 ProAsus Zenfone 9
Apple iPhone 13 ProAsus Zenfone 9

GENERAL

Price
$567
$700
Brand
AppleAsus
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 24, 2021September 15, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"5.9"
Resolution
2532 x 11702400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
460445
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A15SD8+G1
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
6 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8/106.3/10
Photos Score
7.9/106/10
Videos Score
8.6/106.5/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.9 Hours7.8 Hours
Battery Capacity
3095 mAh4300 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
15 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.78" x 2.81"5.77" x 2.68"
Weight
7.20 oz5.96 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66e
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 89

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Alpine Green, Graphite, Sierra Blue, Gold, SilverSunset Red, Starry Blue
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoNo

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro

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Android Authority

Dhruv Bhutani | October 2021
"The basic foundation of the phone is rock solid and essentials like UI navigation, apps, security, and privacy features are polished to a sheen. The camera works consistently well and takes some of the best pictures you can get out of a phone. The phone further embellishes it with performance that won’t have you reaching for a replacement for years, and the battery life is hands-down amongst the best you can get on a flagship. If you’ve been eyeing an iPhone, the iPhone 13 Pro is as good as it gets."

Asus Zenfone 9

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Robert Triggs | March 2023
"The Asus Zenfone 9 is a compact device that still packs more than enough power under the hood. It's compact size, Bluetooth and audio features (including a headphone jack!), and hardware gestures combine to offer a package that does enough differently to warrant your attention."

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About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

About ASUS

Asus is a well-known player in the mobile world, and in the past few years it has been known for covering specific niches in the smartphone market. Their Zenfone line of devices appeal to small phone enthusiasts, by providing very well-rounded and capable phones at a package that is not too large to operate with one hand – something hard to find in modern Android smartphones. Conversely, their ROG line of devices cater to mobile gamers, by providing a slew of hardware and software features, specifically tailored to enhance the mobile gaming experience. Additionally, Asus is one of the only manufacturers left that continues to include headphone jacks in their lineup of phones, a feature that has become exceedingly rare in today's market.

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