Introducing the Asus Zenfone 10: The Ideal Choice for Those Seeking a Compact and Powerful Android Smartphone. In a world where Android phones have become increasingly massive, the release of a new Asus Zenfone has become a treat for fans of smaller-sized devices. The Zenfone 10 carries on the tradition of offering flagship-level specifications in a “compact” package, even though a 5.9-inch screen is now considered small in comparison. Let’s keep in mind that we’re grading on a curve here.
This year’s Zenfone brings the addition of wireless charging, a feature that was absent in previous models. However, due to its petite stature, it can be a bit challenging to get it working with certain stand-style chargers.
The charging coil on the phone seems to be just out of reach on my Belkin Qi charger, and I’ve found success with charging it on a Pixel Stand (2nd gen) by pressing it against the middle of the charger and carefully placing it down.
Opting for a pad-style charger is likely the more convenient choice. Similar to last year’s model, the Zenfone 10 boasts an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, as well as a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. And yes, the beloved headphone jack lives on!
The screen resolution remains at 1080p, which is more than sufficient for a screen of this size, and it features a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. While there is a 144Hz mode available specifically for gaming, for all practical purposes, 120Hz is the highest refresh rate you’ll experience. The Zenfone 10 is equipped with a 4,300mAh battery, which has proven to handle a day of moderate usage without any issues in my casual daily use.
The cameras of the Zenfone have undergone significant changes, boasting a 50MP 1/1.56-inch main unit with a 24mm f/1.9 lens, which has been updated with the advanced second-generation 6-Axis Hybrid Gimbal Stabilization. Accompanying this, there are now 12MP ultrawide and a 32MP selfie camera. Although both of these cameras have lost their autofocusing capabilities, Asus assures users that the new camera exhibits a vast improvement in night mode imaging.
The remarkable gimbal, upon which the main camera is mounted, contributes to the already impressive stability of the Zenfone 9. This ingenious system detects camera shake via the gyroscope and promptly engages electronic image stabilization alongside optical stabilization, resulting in a consistently steady shot.
Additionally, the Adaptive EIS intelligently selects the most suitable field of view for the shot and can even crop further if necessary, ensuring optimal steadiness in your images.
An exciting feature enabled by the Zenfone 10’s gimbal is the Light Trail mode, allowing you to capture stunning handheld traffic trails, light graffiti, and long-exposure waterfall and people-in-motion photos.