The Zenfone 9 ticks all the important boxes with the latest and most powerful chip, a larger than expected battery for its size and even fast charging. All of this warrants a comparison with the most popular compact Android in 2022 – The Galaxy S22.

Coincidentally, these two devices have about the same price, which makes this comparison all the more interesting. So together we will see which phone between the Asus Zenfone 9 and the Samsung Galaxy S22 is the best “mini” Android of the moment.

Design and layout

With gigantic camera bumps on the back, the Zenfone 9 is easily identifiable, even if its look doesn’t drive everyone crazy. The Galaxy also has its own design and character, but it looks more understated and not too flashy.

While the Galaxy is a bit wider but thinner, the Zenfone is noticeably narrower, with a larger screen, but is also thicker. The Galaxy S22 in its case offers better stability, sitting still on the screen while the Zenfone 9 wobbles when you lay it flat on its back, even with the included case.

Both are protected against water and dust with IP68 certification, and there is also a Gorilla Glass Victus protective glass that ensures that scratches don’t easily appear on the phones. On top of the Asus phone, you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack, a useful feature you don’t get on the S22. The Zenfone uses a traditional fingerprint scanner built into the power button, while the Galaxy uses an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner built into the underside of the screen.

Asus Zenfone 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S22 display

The Zenfone 9 features a 5.9-inch slab with a 20: 9 aspect ratio, while the Galaxy comes with a 6.1-inch display. The Zenfone’s screen is tiny and it might actually be a bit too small for some people. Both have a 1080p resolution, so they look about as sharp. You also get a 120Hz refresh rate which ensures smooth scrolling on both. Overall the Zenfone 9 and Galaxy S22 offer almost the same picture quality.

Asus Zenfone 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S22 performance

The Zenfone 9 is equipped with the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor from Qualcomm while the Galaxy S22 offers its predecessor Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 for the US version and internationally it is the Exynos 2200 that is mounted. If the SDG 8 Gen 1 is already superior to the Soc Exynos 2200 manufactured by Samsung, imagine the difference with its new version SDG 8+ Gen 1

For memory, the Zenfone offers three configurations to choose from, 8GB RAM / 128GB storage, 8GB / 256GB and 16GB / 256GB. The Galaxy is limited to a single 8GB RAM but with 128GB or 256GB of storage. However, both devices do not have support for micro SD card

Both phones run on Android 12 at launch, but they look very different. You get a clean look on the Zenfone 9, while the Galaxy S22 is skinned with Samsung’s custom UI that gives it character and quite a few extra features.

Samsung commits to four years of major operating system updates and five years of security updates, that’s more than any other Android phone manufacturer and only one year of the typical support from the industry leader – Apple. Asus, on the other hand, only commits to two years of major OS updates.

Camera duel

The Zenfone’s main camera uses a 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor with a 6-axis hybrid stabilization system. In purely technical terms, this is a 1/1.56″ sensor, which is exactly the same size as the Galaxy S22’s main 50MP camera! So don’t be fooled by the size of those “camera eyes” on the back of the Zenfone.

The secondary camera on the Zenfone is a 12MP with the Sony IMX363 sensor. Again, this is a 1/2.55″ sensor, exactly the same size as on the Galaxy S22! The Galaxy, however, has a third telephoto camera with 3X zoom, while the Zenfone has no zoom camera at all.

Battery and charging

The Zenfone 9 may be a bit thicker than your typical phone, but that allows it to pack in a surprisingly large battery inside. Keep in mind that this is actually a narrower phone than the Galaxy S22, but it still packs a 4,300mAh battery, compared to just 3,700mAh on the Galaxy! And this difference is also felt in everyday use.

The Galaxy S22 lasts a full day, if you push it, you’ll have to charge it before the end of the day. This is not the case with the Zenfone 9, which under moderate use reaches about a day and a half, and even under heavier use would still last a full day without needing a charger.

The Zenfone 9 supports speeds of 30W, while the Galaxy S22 charges at 25W. However, since the Zenfone has a larger battery to fill, it takes a little longer to charge.

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