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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a compact phone with a headphone jack, the Asus Zenfone 9 would suit you well, and it has a slightly larger battery than the Samsung Galaxy S23. However, if a more recent phone with a slightly larger screen is preferred, the Samsung Galaxy S23 could be a better fit; it also offers wireless charging which the Asus does not. Both have high-quality OLED displays with similar resolutions, but the Samsung's screen is a bit brighter. Camera-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S23 offers a slightly more versatile setup with a higher resolution zoom camera. Both run Android and provide a similar base storage, so your choice may also hinge on brand preference or specific features like Samsung's Wireless DeX. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Asus Zenfone 9
  • The Asus Zenfone 9 has no clear advantages over the Samsung Galaxy S23.
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S23
  • Very good for taking photos
  • Good for recording videos
  • Very good battery life
  • Very good display quality
  • Excellent performance

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

6.2
Zenfone 9
Galaxy S23
8.3
The Samsung Galaxy S23 has very good overall camera quality, while the Asus Zenfone 9 has only fair overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

6.0
Zenfone 9
Galaxy S23
8.3
The Samsung Galaxy S23 takes very good photos, while the Asus Zenfone 9 takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

6.4
Zenfone 9
Galaxy S23
7.8
The Samsung Galaxy S23 takes 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 Samsung Galaxy S23 is 6.1 inches.
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Key similarities

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Battery

7.8 Hours
Zenfone 9
Galaxy S23
8.0 Hours
The Asus Zenfone 9 has 7.8 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S23 has 8 hours of battery life.

Cost

$700
Zenfone 9
Galaxy S23
$680
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The Asus Zenfone 9 has a price of $700 and the Samsung Galaxy S23 costs $680.

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How the Asus Zenfone 9 and the Samsung Galaxy S23 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Asus Zenfone 9Samsung Galaxy S23
Asus Zenfone 9Samsung Galaxy S23

GENERAL

Price
$700
$680
Brand
AsusSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
September 15, 2022February 17, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.9"6.1"
Resolution
2400 x 10802340 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
445422
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD8+G1SD8G2
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
6 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
6.3/108.4/10
Photos Score
6/108.4/10
Videos Score
6.5/107.9/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
7.8 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
4300 mAh3900 mAh
Wireless Charging
NoYes
Wireless charging Speed
0 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.77" x 2.68"5.76" x 2.79"
Weight
5.96 oz5.93 oz
Back Material
PlasticGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.25.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e6e
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, 7, 25, 28, 41, 66, 71, 78, 258, 260, 261

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Fingerprint sensor: SideFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Sunset Red, Starry BluePink Gold, Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender, Green, Lime, Graphite
Stock Android
YesNo
SD Card
NoNo

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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."

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The Verge

Allison Johnson | February 2023
"The 6.1-inch S23 is the best reasonably sized Android phone on the market in the US, partly because almost every other Android phone sold here is gigantic. But it’s also a really good device, with a battery that gets through a full day more comfortably than its predecessor. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset responsible for some of that battery performance improvement is slightly different — and slightly faster — than the 8 Gen 2 in other Android flagships."

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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 Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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