By | November 23, 2023
ASUS Zenfone 10 home screen in hand outdoors

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The ASUS Zenfone 10 stands out as one of the most compact flagship phones on the market, and there’s a lot to like about the series. Of course, nothing is perfect. While its successor is likely still far from released, it’s fun to speculate on what ASUS could do differently. With that in mind, here’s my wish list for the ASUS Zenfone 11.

A new design

ASUS Zenfone 10 vs ASUS Zenfone 9 portrait

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The ASUS Zenfone has stuck to the same body for two years now, apart from really minor changes like adding a metal ring around the camera sensors. I hope they do more for the ASUS Zenfone 11. I’d like to see it maintain the same general size and shape, but I think there’s room for improvement on the back.

The current design has two oversized cameras stacked on top of each other and a plastic back. It would be desirable if ASUS introduced a real glass back and a configuration that includes a telephoto camera.

How likely is it that ASUS would completely revamp its design? It’s harder to say. ASUS faces challenges in the smartphone arena, which could lead it down two very different potential paths: either keeping things reserved to cut costs, or going all out with significant changes to see if they can make a more significant impact. Here’s hoping it’s the latter.

The camera may need an upgrade

ASUS Zenfone 10 camera housing 1

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The Zenfone 10 doesn’t have a bad camera, to be fair. We found it captures solid images in good lighting conditions, and even low-light shots provide a decent amount of detail as long as you minimize motion. Additionally, it has a six-axis gimbal stabilizer system that works well in 4K, although at resolutions like 1080p it may not match devices like the Google Pixel 7 or Pixel 8. Still, there are two aspects that prevent the Zenfone 10 from being one of the best camera phones .

First, images can appear oversharpened, and there are occasional side effects of object segmentation processing in HDR-heavy environments. This can be easily remedied by either sensor improvements or software optimizations.

The other factor is the reliance on software upscaling for its 4x to 8x zoom capability. Not only does this method take a while to process, but the level of detail isn’t particularly impressive. It’s time for ASUS to consider using a telephoto lens with the Zenfone 11. This move would greatly improve its zoom capabilities and better position it to compete with other flagship smartphones out there.

Better thermals

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While the ASUS Zenfone 10 doesn’t show overheating issues in daily use, it can get uncomfortably hot during demanding tasks like gaming, as we saw in our Zenfone 10 review. Some of this is challenging to prevent, given the current design, as compact phones often struggle with heat management.

However, the Galaxy S23 experiences no heat management issues, despite being very similar in size and weight. I’d appreciate seeing the ASUS Zenfone 11 manage heat more effectively, even if it means increasing the profile slightly to something more in line with the Galaxy S23.

The US market should not be an afterthought

ASUS Zenfone 10 back lying on the table

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The ASUS Zenfone 10 launched on June 29, 2023 in Europe and parts of Asia, with availability soon after. But the US started pre-ordering much later, on August 22, and didn’t start shipping until mid-September.

Much of this delay is attributed to the fact that the US uses different bands for its 5G and LTE networks, which may not mesh seamlessly with the international version. Despite this, the US market has significant potential for ASUS, lacking serious competition outside of Apple, Samsung and, to a lesser extent, Google and Motorola.

For the Zenfone 11 to make a significant impact, ASUS needs to up its launch game significantly. A universal release in North America and Europe would be a positive step. Additionally, securing partnerships with carriers like Verizon can further enhance its market penetration and success.

Improved software engagement

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Currently, Google holds the crown for long-term software support, providing seven years of OS updates on its Pixel 8. Samsung, while not as generous, comes close with four years of OS updates and five years of security patches. In contrast, the ASUS Zenfone 10 follows a more modest update policy, offering just two major OS updates and four years of security updates.

Given the Zenfone 10’s capable hardware, which is more than adequate for extended use, extending the OS commitment by another year or two would have been beneficial. ASUS, which is not established or known in the mobile field, faces challenges in consumer trust due to its limited update commitment. Aiming for a software update policy similar to Samsung with the ASUS Zenfone 11 would go a long way in building confidence among consumers.

Which Asus Zenfone 11 feature do you want to see the most?

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Will there be an ASUS Zenfone 11?

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  • ASUS Zenfone 10 – 29 June 2023
  • Asus Zenfone 9 – 28 July 2022
  • Asus Zenfone 8 – 12 May 2021
  • Asus Zenfone 7 – 1 September 2020

The ASUS Zenfone series has been around since 2014, making it a well-known staple in the Android world, although it’s never been as popular as phones from Samsung, Apple or even Google.

Despite a debunked rumor claiming ASUS threw in the towel on the Zenfone, it turns out we have nothing to fear. ASUS has since issued a press release making it clear that they are not backing down just yet. So yes, an ASUS Zenfone 11 is pretty much inevitable. That said, the Zenfone series is still very much at risk if it doesn’t start performing better.

Usually, the ASUS Zenfone comes in the summer of every year and there is no reason to think that the Zenfone 11 release date will be any different. Judging by the company’s history, we’d imagine a release sometime between late June and mid-September 2024.

Should you wait for the ASUS Zenfone 11?

ASUS Zenfone 10 Connex case box and contents

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Honestly, we wouldn’t wait for the Zenfone 11 considering it’s still at least a year away. As we mentioned earlier, the Zenfone 10 recently arrived in the US and still has plenty of life left in it. It has great specs, an affordable price tag and a compact design. While we would like to see improvements like a better camera in its successor, the current Zenfone is still an excellent device.

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AA Editors' Choice

Asus ZenFone 10

Compact design • Good build quality • Robust performance and battery

Small phone, big wins.

ASUS raises the bar for compact flagships with the Zenfone 10. Brilliant gestures, solid build quality and the addition of wireless charging make this a tough little phone to beat.

Looking for something with a little more energy? The ASUS ROG Phone 7 ($999 on Amazon) might also be worth a look. What if you prefer smaller phones and don’t mind venturing outside the ASUS lineup? The two best fits would likely be either the Galaxy S23 ($799 at Amazon) or the Pixel 8 ($699 at Amazon).

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