- ASUS Zenfone 9
- Sony Xperia 5 IV
While smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, there seems to be some hope for people who prefer a smaller Android smartphone. Samsung started with the Galaxy S22. This device was remarkably small compared to its predecessors, though Samsung didn’t care about size in its promotional statements. Sony has been releasing a compact version of the Xperia 1 for several years now; This year it’s the Xperia 5 IV. ASUS also took a compact tour and introduced the Zenfone 8 last year and that continues with the Zenfone 9. The devices have been presented by manufacturers as true camera champions. Sony throws it at pro camera tools that can also be found on the company’s specialty stills and camcorders. In addition, this smartphone can handle all the accessories of its older brother and can also serve as an accessory for some cameras. Think of the Vlog screen, which is a small screen that can be attached to the back of your device so that you can use the cameras on the back. The company also has one Archery grip To facilitate video creation. This is a kind of mini tripod where you can click and turn on your device without having to touch the device. Sony is investing heavily in live video streaming this year and the tools that make this possible are already installed by default. ASUS mainly focuses on the integrated hub. In addition to optical stabilization, there is also a six-axis gimbal which, according to ASUS, provides smoother visuals.
This all sounds great on paper and that should be a reason for many people to run to the store to get their hands on these devices. However, in Android land, in most cases it is Samsung’s end. from a hadeeth Research It shows that 43 percent of Dutch smartphone owners have a device from the Korean company. Leaving Samsung aside, users often stay away from devices from parent company BBK and Xiaomi. You hardly hear anyone talking about ASUS and Sony smartphones anymore. So we believe this is mainly due to the fact that ASUS has not been allowed to sell hardware in the Netherlands for years due to a lost lawsuit with Phillips. Now the problem has been resolved and smartphones are again on sale, but, in our opinion, few people know about it. We also don’t see any announcements from ASUS in this area, so that won’t help either. At Sony, something else is going on. The manufacturer has significantly reduced its workforce in recent years and drastically reduced production, after the smartphone branch was found to be the only one incurring losses. However, the company has not thrown in the towel, and Sony President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said during a presentation that the smartphone division Necessary It is for the brand portfolio. So the company continued to produce smartphones and Reboot Xperia series. Just like ASUS, Sony offers little or no promotions. On top of that, Sony devices are generally very expensive, which means that the manufacturer sets prices for itself out of the market on a regular basis. ASUS and Sony are small manufacturers and therefore they have to rely on certain tricks to sell their devices. With the Zenfone, ASUS is now focusing specifically on “compact” features and features that are always complained about on forums like GoT, like the 3.5mm port. Sony is betting on phones with 21:9 screens which are therefore very narrow, as well as the same ports and connections for the interested public and camera features for the pros.
When we look at the MSRP of the Zenfone 9 and Xperia 5 IV, it seems unfair to pit these two devices against each other. The price of the device from ASUS is 849 euros, while the price of the device from Sony is 1049 euros. When we started this review, the prices were very close to each other: 849 and 899 euros. This is a good reason to pit devices from ASUS and Sony against each other and compare them with already reviewed Galaxy S22 from Samsung. Can these devices keep up with the smartphone of a market leader and can the great promises of manufacturers in the camera field be fulfilled? I read it in this review.
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