The Asus Zenfone 10 could be one of the best phones of 2023, but the company needs to learn from the failure of the Asus Zenfone 9, which was in many ways one of the most disappointing phones of 2022.
It earned 3.5 stars in our review, which isn’t bad at all, but it’s down significantly from the 4.5 stars the Asus Zenfone 8 earned last year. These phones have a lot of potential, though, so we’re cautiously optimistic about the next one.
It might be a while, though, and we haven’t really heard anything about the Asus Zenfone 10 yet. But as soon as we do, we’ll add any leaks, news, and rumors to this article. But in the meantime, you’ll find our release date and price predictions, as well as a wish list of what we want to see.
cut to the chase
- what is it? The next model in the Zenfone series
- When will it be out? Around July 2023
- How much will it cost? it may have a mid to high price point
Asus Zenfone 10: Release date and price
There’s no word on when the Asus Zenfone 10 will launch, but it probably won’t be for long, as the Zenfone 9 will only land in July 2022. However, the company is not exactly in line with its release timing, as the Zenfone 8 has been released in May of the release year and the Zenfone 7 in August of the release year.
So we can’t tell when the Asus Zenfone 10 will launch, but we guess around mid-2023.
We also can’t say how much it will cost, but for reference, the Zenfone 9 starts at $699/£699 (about AU$1,210), so the Zenfone 10 will likely be priced similarly.
Asus Zenfone 10: News and leaks
While we haven’t heard anything about the Asus Zenfone 10 yet, we do know that one or more Asus phones will feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, so there’s a good chance the Zenfone 10 will be among them, especially since the Zenfone 9 is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 is supported.
Gen 2 will be the top-of-the-line Snapdragon chipset in 2023 (at least unless and until a Plus version comes out), and it’s likely to be the best chipset in any Android phone for at least the first half of this year.
what we want to see
The Asus Zenfone 9 left a lot of room for improvement, so here’s what we’d most like to see from the Zenfone 10.
1. More cameras
The Asus Zenfone 9 only has two rear cameras, which isn’t a lot by Android phone standards. So for the Zenfone 10, we’d like to see at least a third increase — especially the telephoto lens.
It would also be nice if Asus could increase the shutter speed, as in our Zenfone 9 review, we found that the phone often takes a while to actually capture a photo, which can lead to blurry photos.
2. Lower prices
The Asus Zenfone 9 is priced in the mid-to-high end, but it’s close to the high-end, only slightly below products like the Samsung Galaxy S22 and iPhone 14. It’s also more expensive than the Google Pixel 7, and the specs and features on offer don’t quite justify it.
So, for the Asus Zenfone 10, we’d expect to see either a price cut or a significant improvement in the phone itself.
3. Small screen
The Zenfone 9 has a compact 5.9-inch display, and we expect the Asus Zenfone 10 to have a similarly small screen. So we’re not asking for a change here – we’d very much like that to stay the same.
There aren’t many compact phones out there these days, especially ones with pretty high-end specs like the Zenfone 9, so we’d love to see that continue with the Zenfone 10, as they certainly have an audience, however niche.
4. Glass back
Despite its rather high price, the Zenfone 9 has a plastic back, something we’ve come to expect more from a budget phone, despite Samsung’s attempts to make it acceptable at the premium end.
So hopefully the Asus Zenfone 10 has a glass back. We can’t imagine it adding much to the cost, and it would make the phone look and feel more worthy of its likely mid-to-high-end price tag.
5. Bigger battery
The Zenfone 9 has a rather small 4,300mAh battery, and while that seems plausible since it also has a rather small screen, it’s worth noting that the Sony Xperia 5 IV is only slightly larger, but manages to pack a 5,000mAh battery into it .
In any case, the Zenfone 9 doesn’t have great battery life, so it obviously needs a bigger juice pack or some optimization, and we’d like to see an improvement in the Asus Zenfone 10’s battery life. If so, it could end up being one of the best small phones around.