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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you're looking for a smaller and lighter phone, the Asus Zenfone 9 with its 5.9-inch screen and plastic body may be preferable. However, if you prioritize camera performance, including still photo and video quality, the Google Pixel 8 Pro provides a significant improvement with its glass back and larger camera system. Both phones offer Android operating systems with similar battery life, but the Pixel has a larger, brighter screen which might consume more power. The Pixel also supports extended features such as wireless charging, while the Zenfone includes a 3.5mm headphone jack and front-facing stereo speakers. If cost is a concern, and you value a more compact design and essential features, the Zenfone 9 can save you money. Otherwise, for superior camera capabilities and an enhanced display, the Pixel 8 Pro is the stronger choice. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

6.2
Zenfone 9
Pixel 8 Pro
9.1
The Google Pixel 8 Pro has excellent overall camera quality, while the Asus Zenfone 9 has only fair overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

6.0
Zenfone 9
Pixel 8 Pro
9.3
The Google Pixel 8 Pro takes excellent photos, while the Asus Zenfone 9 takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

6.4
Zenfone 9
Pixel 8 Pro
8.0
The Google Pixel 8 Pro takes very good videos, while the Asus Zenfone 9 takes only fair videos.

Screen Size

The Asus Zenfone 9 has a screen size of 5.9 inches and the Google Pixel 8 Pro is 6.7 inches.

Cost

$680
Zenfone 9
Pixel 8 Pro
$799
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The Asus Zenfone 9 has a price of $680 and the Google Pixel 8 Pro costs $799.
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How the Asus Zenfone 9 and the Google Pixel 8 Pro compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Asus Zenfone 9Google Pixel 8 Pro
Asus Zenfone 9Google Pixel 8 Pro

GENERAL

Price
$680
$799
Brand
AsusGoogle
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
September 15, 2022October 12, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.9"6.7"
Resolution
2400 x 10802992 x 1344
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
445489
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD8+G1TensorG3
Internal Storage
128 gb128 gb
RAM
6 gb12 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
6.3/109.1/10
Photos Score
6/109.3/10
Videos Score
6.5/108/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Super Telephoto
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
7.8 hours7.8 hours
Battery Capacity
4300 mah5050 mah
Wireless Charging
NoYes
Wireless charging Speed
0 w23 w
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.77" x 2.68"6.4" x 3.01"
Weight
5.96 oz7.51 oz
Back Material
PlasticGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.25.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e7
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 89(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Fingerprint sensor: SideFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoYes (Except Verizon Models)
Color
Sunset Red, Starry BlueBay, Porcelain, Obsidian
Stock Android
YesYes
SD Card
NoNo

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better CameraGoogle Pixel 8 Pro
Better Battery Roughly equal

Shopping

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Asus Zenfone 9

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Android Authority

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."

Google Pixel 8 Pro

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The Guardian

Samuel Gibbs | October 2023
"The screen, body, performance and battery life are all good. The Pixel has a distinctive look that elevates it from the many of the competition, too. It has a really great camera system, with an array of advanced AI-infused editing tools that blur the line between what’s real and what’s fake. But the biggest upgrade is in the full seven years of software support, bringing the Pixel up to par with Apple and outlasting all but the Fairphone 5 on the Android side."

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.

About Google

Google can be considered a relatively new player in the smartphone industry, joining as late as 2016 with their phone, the Google Pixel. Since then, the Pixel lineup has undergone many changes, but it has always been characterized by a focus on photography and clean software, by providing a pure Android experience. By virtue of Google being the creator of the Android operating system, Pixels are known for receiving timely software updates and for being supported with updates for a long time. Additionally, over the past few generations of devices, Google started designing their own processors. This allowed for the implementation of unique software features that are not present in any other phone, such as automatic call screening and unique voice transcribing capabilities.

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