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Need a powerful yet compact smartphone? Then the Asus Zenfone 10 is for you📱

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In 2020, Apple unveiled a new iPhone variant, the iPhone 12 Mini. However, success was not to be, and this iPhone Mini gave way to the iPhone 14 Plus after just two generations. Despite this tricky experience for the leader in premium smartphones, Asus was undeterred and continued its efforts. The proof is in their third-generation compact smartphone, the Zenfone 10.

It holds in the hand 🫴🏾

The Zenfone 10 is distinguished by its compact design, offering an ergonomic experience that fits perfectly in the hand. Its plastic back has a slightly grainy texture, reminiscent of the feel of paper, which reduces the risk of slipping compared to competing models with glass backs. The discreet Asus logo and subtle graphic details grace the back of the phone aesthetically. Despite its compact size, the Zenfone 10 boasts IP68 certification, guaranteeing its resistance to water and dust.

Performance at its best ⚡

The Zenfone 10 has nothing to envy other high-end smartphones in terms of performance. It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, present in many of this year’s high-end Android smartphones. With memory ranging from 8GB to 16GB of RAM, as well as storage capacity varying from 128GB to 512GB, the Zenfone 10 has nothing to envy from competitors such as Samsung’s Galaxy S23.

Due to its status as a compact smartphone, the screen is limited to 5.9 inches in AMOLED technology, offering a refresh rate of 144 Hz for video games, while it oscillates between 60 Hz and 120 Hz for everyday use.
Despite its high-performance processor and high refresh rate display, the Zenfone 10 boasts impressive battery life, easily lasting for two days without needing to be recharged, according to various tests. Its 4300 mAh battery can be recharged wired (30 W) in one hour, or wirelessly (15 W).

An underperforming photo section, and a small surprise for the audio section 📸

The Zenfone 10 boasts two rear camera modules: a 50-megapixel wide-angle and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle. As last year, there is no telephoto lens. However, a 2x digital zoom is possible by using the 50 megapixels to crop the image. On the front, the phone adopts a new 32-megapixel sensor.
According to Frandroid’s tests, daylight photos are satisfactory. In low light, performance is slightly weaker, although the algorithm seems to draw on the lessons of the Google Pixel to optimize contrast.
Despite the absence of a telephoto lens, the algorithm developed by Asus for the phone’s portrait mode demonstrates appreciable mastery in suitable lighting conditions. In such situations, the clear separation between subject and background and the blurring effect are satisfactorily achieved.

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As far as video is concerned, Asus integrates a gimbal 2.0 system into the phone, which guarantees image stabilization along six different axes. The phone is also capable of recording videos in 4K at 60 frames per second, as well as in 8K at 24 frames per second.

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As for audio, the Zenfone 10 offers powerful sound thanks to its two stereo speakers. As a bonus for those regretting the disappearance of the jack port, the latter is present on this smartphone.
In short, even if Asus doesn’t rival the industry leaders, the manufacturer manages to offer excellent performance on a smartphone in this price range.

Convenient software features 😉

The Zenfone 10 runs on ZenUI based on Android 13. Although it has undergone a few adjustments, it remains close to the Stock version. What’s more, it’s not overloaded with superfluous apps, and users can choose between the Stock and Asus versions.
A swipe of the side ZenTouch key gives access to instant shortcuts for favorite actions, such as unlocking the phone, video playback controls, web browsing and checking notifications. It’s also possible to take photos quickly by pressing the volume key twice, even without turning the phone on.

If you use two WhatsApp accounts, that’s no problem with this phone, as the Twin Apps feature allows you to use two different WhatsApp applications simultaneously. What’s more, the new version of Edge Tool now offers access to the control panel and your favorite apps, simply by using your thumb.
Despite all these attractive features, it should be noted that the Zenfone 10 benefits from 2 years of system updates and 4 years of security updates. In other words, the Zenfone 10 should receive updates to Android 14 and Android 15. In comparison, Samsung offers 4 years of system updates and 5 years of security updates on its smartphones.
If you’re interested in this smartphone, it’s available in 5 colors at a price of €799.

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Sources : AsusFrandroid

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