One might recall when compact devices where a thing any Sony once ruled the roost here and today it is a debatable topic which is well and good and yet again the iPhone seems to get dragged in somehow and that being the mini which apparently is not popular today but I disagree here and this is coming from a person who preferred bigger phones and has been using them for many years, now however I like the smaller phone now as a daily driver which has one obvious bugbear having the smaller screen however I can now live with this and the ASUS Zenfone 10 has been a super solid phone to use the last while and it could be phone of the year.
Being a compact device one would think it has cut corners but not here even with the battery being smaller the optimisation of the phone is excellent yielding an easy day and half for me being a power user but for the average person it is a two day or more phone, the next main thing is the screen which is glorious with an AMOLED panel with a 5.9 inch size and can go up to the much pointless tech speak of 144 Hz in gaming and 120 Hz refresh rate standard and has 800 nits with a peak 1,100 nit and makes for fine outdoor reading.
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Here for some though is the screen size issue for those who want to consume media and for me in all fairness it is not that bad on a smaller screen and if I want to go large I just stick on my projector at home I would not be one to consume media much on the go as it would be in a hotel for example and I would cast or use another product or means to do so from my phone but overall the experience is crisp and clean with excellent sounding speakers thrown into the mix.
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The build quality of the device was solid for me and perfect in the had which was mentioned in the unboxing video, my review device colour was bland but it comes in more eye catching colours which I really like and we have polycarbonate materials here which are solid and eco friendly.
When it comes to getting the job done be it gaming social media emails and all that kind of stuff in which I have other apps and some heavy hitters this phone sailed through with no problems at all it performed better than my Pixel 7a and iPhone 14 pro at most tasks and this is an important factor for many if like me use their phone daily and power user, this device just done it simply and effortlessly.
Unboxing and Walkthrough
The cameras are powerful although this is not the main feature I tend to look for in a phone they all claim to be great but just wait and see the comparison to another review device I have in claiming all the bells ans whistles and the camera alone was poor never mind the performance but the camera and video on this device is up there with the other top tier devices out there and in some cases better, this is subjective mind you but from testing many phones over the years and buying multiple other devices this phone packs a punch in the day and night with both video and camera shots and there is samples below taken with this device and you can be the judge, as in all phone reviews I never claim to be the camera expert or portray myself as one but I do know good results when I see them and here I was impressed overall and remember we can shoot up to 8k on this device.
Battery power is excellent as mentioned above and will see most through a solid days work my workload would be heavier than most and I would be more demanding with some gaming but not as much as I would previously would through at a phone in recent years I am gone beyond that gaming stage now being honest but I do have several games there for travel or toilet purposes when bored.. We have wireless charging of course and this comes in at 30 watt fast charging and 15 wirelessly charging.
Overall this is a little powerhouse of a phone and I enjoy it immensely and it does everything it says on the tin and it is also a phone that delivers results on cameras and performance it might be on the smaller size for some but get over that caveat and we have a contender for phone of the year though again when it comes to price this might be another caveat for some and like that you can’t please everyone can you..
Photo and video gallery on the ASUS Zenfone 10
Specifications ASUS Zenfone 10
- Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2, Octa-Core, 3.2GHz
- GPU Qualcomm® Adreno™ 740
- UI Android™ 13 with new Zen UI
- Display 5.92″ 20.4:9 (2400 x 1080) 144 Hz (only available in games) 800 nits outdoor readable brightness 1,100 nits peak brightness Avg Delta-E < 1
- Dimensions 68.1 x 146.5 x 9.4 mm
- Weight 172 g
- Battery 4,300 mAh (typical)、Wired 30 W HyperCharge、Wireless 15 W Qi-certified charging
- Memory Up to 16 GB LPDDR5X RAM
- Storage Up to 512 GB UFS4.0 ROM
- Sensors Accelerator, E-Compass, Proximity, Ambient light sensor, Side fingerprint sensor, Gyro (Support ARCore), Hall Sensor
- Wireless Technology Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi 7: 802.11 be/ax/ac/b/g/n, (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz + 6 GHz), 2×2 MIMO, 2 Antenna, WiFi-Direct Bluetooth® 5.3 (Bluetooth Profile: HFP + A2DP + AVRCP + HID + PAN + OPP Additional Bluetooth audio codec: LDAC + aptX + aptX HD + aptX Adaptive+AAC)
- GPS GNSS support GPS (L1/L5), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1/E5a), BeiDou (B1/B2a), QZSS (L1/L5) and NavIC (L5).
- I/O Ports USB 2.0 Type-C®, supports QC4.0/PD 3.0 Charging 3.5 mm Audio Jack – Head phone
- Camera Front Cam: 32 MP, RGBW, pixel binning technology. Rear Cam: 50 MP (Main camera Sony® IMX 766) 13 MP (120° ultrawide-angle lens)
- Voice Wakeup Yes
- Speaker Receiver (as top speaker) 10 x 12 5-magnet Speaker 11 x 15 External Smart Amplifier x 2
- Splash, Water, and Dust
- Resistant IP65 / IP68
- NFC Supported
- Color Aurora Green, Midnight Black, Comet White, Eclipse Red, Starry Blue
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS Zenfone 10 will be available for pre-order from June 29th to July 31st in United Kingdom from ASUS official online store. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information. – ASUS Official Site Link: https://www.asus.com/uk/mobile-handhelds/phones/zenfone/zenfone-10/