ASUS ZenFone 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S22

ASUS ZenFone 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S22

If you’re looking to buy a somewhat compact flagship smartphone, there aren’t many options. Luckily, there are some, and they’re pretty good. In this article, we are going to compare two of those phones, the ASUS ZenFone 9 against Samsung Galaxy S22. Both phones were announced in 2022, but the ZenFone 9 is newer. Both phones are quite compact, especially when compared to the vast majority of other offerings on the market.

As usual, we will first list the specifications of these two phones and then compare them in various categories. We’ll compare their designs, screens, performance, battery life, cameras, and audio performance. They look considerably different, while their internal parts are also different. However, their price tags are somewhat similar, which is another reason why you may be looking at both.

specs

ASUS ZenFone 9 galaxy s22
Screen size 5.9-inch Super AMOLED FullHD+ display (60-120Hz refresh rate) 6.1-inch FullHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display (120Hz adaptive refresh rate)
screen resolution 2400×1080 2340×1080
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Samsung Exynos 2200
RAM 8GB/16GB (LPDDR5) 8GB (LPDDR5)
Storage 128GB/256GB (UFS 3.1), not expandable 128GB/256GB, not expandable
rear cameras 50MP (f/1.9 aperture, 23.8mm wide-angle lens, 1.0um pixel size, gimbal OIS, PDAF)
12MP (f/2.2 aperture, 113 degree FoV, 1.4um pixel size, 14.4mm lens)
50 MP (f/1.8 aperture, 24mm lens, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, 1.0um pixel size)
10MP (f/2.4 aperture, 70mm lens, telephoto, 1.0um pixel size, OIS, PDAF, 3x optical zoom)
12 MP (ultra wide, f/2.2 aperture, 13mm lens, 120 degree field of view, 1.4um pixel size)
front cameras 12MP (f/2.5 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, 27.5mm lens, Dual Pixel PDAF) 10MP (f/2.2 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, 26mm lens, Dual Pixel PDAF)
Drums 4300 mAh, non-removable, 30 W wired charging (charger included) 3700 mAh, non-removable, 45W wired charging, 15W Qi wireless charging, 5W wireless PowerShare
Dimensions 146.5×68.1×9.1mm 146×70.6×7.6mm
Weight 169 grams 167 grams
connectivity 5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C 5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
Security Side fingerprint scanner In-display fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic)
operating system android 12
ZneUI
android 12
A 4.1 user interface
Price €799 $799
To buy ASUS Samsung

ASUS ZenFone 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Design

These two devices are very easy to tell apart as their designs are not that similar. Both include holes for the display camera, but in different places, while the Galaxy S22 has slimmer bezels, though the ones on the ZenFone 9 are pretty slim too. However, flat screens are included in both phones. The cameras on its back have completely different designs. The two of the ZenFone 9 come in the form of two separate camera islands. The three on the back of the Galaxy S22 are part of the same camera module and are surrounded by metal.

Having said that, both phones use an aluminum frame. The Galaxy S22 has glass on the back, while the ZenFone 9 uses polymer material. However, three different color variants of the ZenFone 9 each have a different iteration of polymer, so they feel different in the hand. One is smooth, one is rough, and one is halfway. The Galaxy S22’s glass backplate is exactly what you’d expect, considering it’s glass. That’s Gorilla Glass Victus+, by the way.

The ASUS ZenFone 9 has a lot more grip, mainly due to its back plate. It also has mostly flat sides, which also helps with grip. The phone has been very well designed so it doesn’t cut your hand or anything like that. The two phones are almost identically tall, but the ZenFone 9 is narrower and thicker. They also weigh almost the same, just under 170 grams.

ASUS ZenFone 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Display

ZenFone 9 features a 5.9-inch fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) Super AMOLED display. That screen is flat and offers a 120Hz refresh rate. Supports HDR10+ content and gets up to 1100 nits of peak brightness. We’re looking at a 20:9 screen aspect ratio here, and around 445 ppi. Gorilla Glass Victus is included on top of this panel to protect it. A hole for the viewing camera is located in the upper left corner.

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The Galaxy S22, on the other hand, features a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X fullHD+ (2340 x 1080) display. That panel is also flat and offers a 120Hz refresh rate. HDR10+ content is also supported on this screen, while this panel can reach 1,300 nits of brightness. Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus+ protects this panel, and we’re looking at a 19.5:9 screen aspect ratio at around 425 ppi. The Galaxy S22 includes a centered display camera hole.

Please note that the maximum brightness on both screens can only be reached in auto mode. Having said that, both panels are really excellent. Viewing angles are great, and both are quite vivid. They’re more than sharp enough, and both screens are also well-optimized when it comes to touch sensitivity. You’ll be more than happy with any of these screens, as we really don’t have any complaints.

ASUS ZenFone 9 vs. Samsung Galaxy S22: Performance

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 powers the ASUS ZenFone 9. The Galaxy S22 comes in two SoC variants, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Exynos 2200 drives. The Exynos 2200 drives are sold in Europe only. Both devices use LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage. The ZenFone 9 offers up to 16 GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S22 only has one variant of RAM, it offers you 8 GB of RAM.

Those specs are really powerful, but what does that mean for the actual performance of these devices? Well, both companies did a good job on optimization. The thing is, the ZenFone 9 felt smoother in actual use, at least in our experience. To be clear, we have used the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 variant of the Galaxy S22 most of the time. The Exynos 2200 offered noticeably worse performance, but we didn’t get a chance to use it for very long.

The Galaxy S22 experiences hiccups here and there. There were even slowdowns from time to time. Nothing major, but something worth noting considering the ZenFone 9 didn’t have those issues. The ZenFone 9 comes with much cleaner software, which means less bloat, so that could be one of the reasons. It also has a more powerful SoC and was slightly cooler in everyday use. Overall though, both phones performed very well and will be able to handle anything you throw at them.

ASUS ZenFone 9 vs. Samsung Galaxy S22: Battery

the ASUS The ZenFone 9 comes with a 4,300mAh battery, while the Galaxy S22 packs a 3,700mAh unit. And yes, you will feel the difference. The ZenFone 9 has much better battery life than its predecessor. We’ve been able to cross the 7-hour screen time mark without issue, on a number of occasions, and still have some battery left. Even 8 hours of screen time is doable.

The Galaxy S22 cannot come close to such numbers. Around 5-5.5 hours was what we were able to get with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 model most of the time. At times, he was able to reach 6 hours of screen time. It all depends on what you do with your phone, of course. Your usage is likely to be considerably different, so your mileage may vary. We don’t really play many games with either device, so keep that in mind.

The ASUS flagship supports 30W wired charging and comes with a charger in the box. It also supports reverse charging, in case you need to use it as a power bank. The Galaxy S22, on the other hand, supports 25W wired charging, 15W wireless charging, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging. Note that Samsung’s device does not include a charger in the box, however, you’ll need to buy one, if you don’t have one at home.

ASUS ZenFone 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Cameras

The ZenFone 9 packs two cameras, while the Galaxy S22 has three on the rear. A 50-megapixel main camera is paired with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera on the ZenFone 9. The Galaxy S22 has a 50-megapixel main camera, a 10-megapixel telephoto unit, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. So is camera performance good on these two phones? Long story short, yes, but these aren’t the best camera smartphones.

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The ZenFone 9 managed to surprise us with its camera performance. ASUS improved a lot of things compared to the ZenFone 8, and the ZenFone 9 does a better job than the ROG 6, even though it has the same main camera. The ZenFone 9 captures vivid, highly detailed images and does a good job in low light too. It leans towards the Pixel style with its colors. The phone’s cameras handle HDR situations well, though you may occasionally need to use touch to focus to get the perfect shot. It also does a great job of keeping the same color science between its main and ultrawide cameras.

The Galaxy S22 also has really good camera performance. It also leans towards vivid shots, with a lot of saturation. It does a good job in low light, although the difference between its main and ultrawide cameras is apparent when you look at colours. When it comes to telephoto shots, the Galaxy S22 is the better of the two, which stands to reason considering the ZenFone 9 doesn’t have a telephoto camera.

Many people would say that the Galaxy S22 takes better photos just because of its name, but you might be surprised by the results. Both are immensely capable in the camera department, and the ZenFone 9’s gimbal OIS definitely helps with images and video.

Audio

Not many flagship phones include an audio jack these days, well the ZenFone 9 does. ASUS managed to find room for it inside this fairly compact body. However, the Galaxy S22 does not. However, both phones have stereo speakers and both also support Bluetooth 5.2.

Are the speakers of these two phones good? Well yes, they are. Both offer a punchy sound, which is well balanced, and vocals are clear in both cases. There’s even some bass from both sets of speakers. Both sets are strong enough, and most people are likely to be happy with either.

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