In this post, we’ll contrast two premium smartphones, the OnePlus 10T and the ASUS ZenFone 9. These phones each have a lot to offer despite being significantly less expensive than conventional flagships. One of the reasons we are comparing them here is because they also have somewhat comparable price tags. They are both quite captivating, yet they are also very different from one another.

Comparatively speaking, the ZenFone 9 is smaller than the majority of premium Android smartphones available today. Although it’s not quite compact, the OnePlus 10T is nevertheless pretty powerful. We’ll first detail their spec sheets before contrasting them in a variety of categories. We will contrast the looks, functionality, battery life, cameras, and audio quality of each device. Let’s start now, shall we?

SPECS OnePlus 10T ASUS ZenFone 9 5.9-inch FullHD Super AMOLED display size (60-120Hz refresh rate) 6.7-inch flat Fluid AMOLED display in full HD (120Hz refresh rate) 2400 by 1080 pixels or 2412 by 1080 SoC First-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 8GB/16GB RAM (LPDDR5) 8GB/16GB (LPDDR5) Storage 128GB/256GB (UFS 3.1), non-expandable 128GB/256GB, non-expandable (UFS 3.1) backup cameras Gimbal OIS, 1.0um pixels, f/1.9 aperture, 23.8mm wide-angle lens, PDAF) 113-degree field of view, f/2.2 aperture, 1.4um pixel size, and 14.4mm lens; 12 MP Sony IMX766 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, 1.0um pixel size, 23.6mm equivalent focal length, OIS; 50 MP; 8MP (f/2.2 ultra-wide, 1.12um pixels, fixed focus, 119.9° field of view) 2MP (macro camera, 2-4cm) Dual-pixel PDAF, f/2.5 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, and 12MP front cameras Fixed Focus, 24mm lens, 16MP (f/2.4 aperture, 1.0um pixel size), EIS Non-removable 4,300mAh battery; 30W wired charging (charger included) Non-removable 4,800mAh battery; wired charging at 150W (125W in the US, charger included) Dimensions 163 x 75.4 x 8.75mm 146.5 x 68.1 x 9.1mm Size 169 grams 203.5 grams Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.2, USB Type-C, 5G, LTE, NFC, and other connectivity options Security fingerprint scanner on the side an in-screen fingerprint reader (optical) Price 799 $649 OS Android 12ZneUI Android 12OxygenOS 12.1 Buy ASUS ASUS ZENFONE 9 vs. OnePlus OnePlus 10T: Design The two gadgets do have very different appearances. The size difference will be the first thing you notice. Because it is over 20mm shorter, significantly wider, and only slightly thicker than the ZenFone 8, it is far more compact. Additionally, there is a 35-gram difference between the two, making it significantly lighter. The ZenFone 9 has a polymer (plastic) back and an aluminum frame. A glass back and a polycarbonate frame are features of the OnePlus 10T. The backplate of the ZenFone 9s is smooth to the touch and provides a lot more grip than glass. It should be noted that each of the three color options offers more grip than the OnePlus 10T despite having a distinct back feel that ranges from the softest to the toughest.

Advertisement Both smartphones have flat screens and extremely slim bezels. They also have display camera holes, but in various locations. The OnePlus 10Ts is in the middle, while the ZenFone 9s is in the top-left corner. The OnePlus 10T sports three cameras on the rear compared to the ZenFone 9’s two. It is important to note that the ZenFone 9’s power/lock key has a fingerprint scanner. This button can be configured to do many things when you swipe across it and doubles as a trackpad. The OnePlus 10T lacks sophisticated gestures on its power/lock key and sports an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Additionally, they feel very differently in the hand. The ZenFone 9 has flat sides for the most part in addition to the variations in the backplate. They don’t cut into your hand at all because of the chamfered edges and soft-touch rear. In the hand, the OnePlus 10T feels similar to many other smartphones, however the ZenFone 9 does not. Keep in mind that the rear cameras on the phone sit separately and that the top one sticks out further than the bottom one. On the back of the OnePlus 10T, there is a dedicated camera island, which is likewise protruding.

All of this indicates that these two phones are really distinct from one another. It depends on your preferences, though, as they both feel quality in the hand.

Advertisement ONEPLUS 10T VS ASUS ZENFONE 9: DISPLAY The ASUS ZenFone 9 has a significantly smaller display than the OnePlus 10T, which may be advantageous for some of you. It makes the phone significantly smaller and much easier to operate with one hand. A 5.9-inch fullHD (2400 x 1080) Super AMOLED display is featured on the phone. That panel has a 120Hz refresh rate and is flat. It boasts a 1,100 nit peak brightness and supports HDR10 content. The Gorilla Glass Victus shields the display. Therefore, despite being smaller, the display doesn’t actually sacrifice any features.

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A 6.7-inch fullHD (2414 x 1080) Fluid AMOLED display is included on the OnePlus 10T. Additionally flat, that panel supports HDR10 content with a 120Hz refresh rate. It has Gorilla Glass 5 protection and can project up to 1 billion colors. Similar to the ZenFone 9, this device has a 20:9 aspect ratio for the display. Due to its larger size, the ZenFone 9s panel does, in fact, feature a higher PPI.

Advertisement These two displays give brightness that is roughly equivalent, and they both look and feel fantastic. They both have excellent viewing angles and are quite bright and colourful. Both have excellent touch sensitivity, albeit they do feel slightly different while in use. Naturally, scrolling is quite smooth. Both displays are more than sharp enough, and they are quite well optimized. There isn’t anything to complain about at all in this situation. Both of these will make you pleased.

PERFORMANCE OF THE ONEPLUS 10T VS. ASUS ZENFONE 9 You shouldn’t be concerned about the performance if you are. These two smartphones are among the quickest ones currently available. In addition to having high-end technology, they also have highly optimized software. Both smartphones run on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. That SoC is not only quicker than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 but also uses less power and generates less heat.

Both phones come pre-installed with Android 12 and have a generous amount of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage. Although their software builds differ, they are all well optimized. A stock-like Android build (ZenUI) with a ton of customisation possibilities is available on the ZenFone 9. Although the OnePlus 10Ts OxygenOS differs significantly from plain Android in terms of personalization, it performs admirably.

Advertisement Almost anything can be handled by these two phones. We experienced no problems with either of them, whether we were watching multimedia content, browsing the web, taking pictures, or playing demanding games. They practically fly through everything without overheating. Additionally, we didn’t experience any lag or similar issues. These phones are among the quickest currently available, as was already mentioned.

ONEPLUS 10T VS ASUS ZENFONE 9: BATTERY Another area where both of these phones absolutely excel is in battery life. Both devices can have their screens on for more than 8 hours, but only the OnePlus 10T was able to surpass the 10-hour threshold. Be aware that while we did use them for gaming, we also used them for a lot of other stuff. In terms of battery life, they are both pretty consistent; we didn’t see any significant dips in battery life or anything of the type.

A 4,300mAh battery powers the ZenFone 9, which is notably less powerful than the 4,800mAh battery powering the OnePlus 10T. The problem is that it is more than adequate for this phone, which also has a much smaller display. This battery capacity works wonders in conjunction with ASUS optimizations and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. Both phones have a long-lasting battery.

Advertisement Charges, what about them? Reverse charging and 30W wired charging are supported by the ZenFone 9. There is no wireless charging available. The OnePlus 10T only supports wired charging at 150W (125W in the US), not wireless or reverse (wireless) charging. Although the ZenFone 9s’ 30W charging will be plenty for most of you, the OnePlus 10T will charge up much more quickly. You won’t ever feel the need to charge either phone in the middle of the day thanks to their excellent battery life. A charging brick is also included with both phones, which is not the case with many other high-end gadgets.

CAMERAS OF THE ONEPLUS 10T VS. ASUS ZENFONE 9 The OnePlus 10T sports three cameras on the back compared to the ASUS ZenFone 9’s two. A 50-megapixel primary camera and a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera are both featured on the ZenFone 9. A 50-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera are all featured on the OnePlus 10T. Despite the fact that there are less of them back there, the ZenFone 9s cameras are generally more helpful.

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Advertisement Phones shouldn’t have 2-megapixel macro cameras because the results are almost never remarkable. The ZenFone 9’s 12-megapixel ultrawide camera performs somewhat better than the one on the OnePlus 10T in terms of overall quality and color coherence with the main camera. The two main cameras are excellent and perform well in all circumstances. However, if you want more colorful graphics, the ZenFone 9 offers them.

Both phones are excellent at handling dynamic range and taking detailed pictures. They effectively manage white balance as well. Both have good low-light results, but they are distinct. Since the 10T’s launch, OnePlus has improved its low-light capabilities, so the images aren’t as noisy. Overall, both phones’ cameras function well, but they are not the finest available. Pictures taken with the ZenFone 9s indeed resemble those taken with a Pixel more closely, and video stabilization is also a little bit better and smoother.

AUDIO You’ll be happy to know that the ZenFone 9 has an audio jack if you’re one of the people who still insists on having one on your phone. It is located on the phone’s top. Additionally, both phones have stereo speakers. They are capable of delivering 24-bit audio, and both speaker systems deliver the rich sound we want. They are audibly distinct and more than loud enough. The voices on both sets sound clean and are well-balanced. Even the bass is present, on both.

Advertisement Additionally, both devices include Bluetooth 5.2 (A2DP, LE, aptX HD), with the ZenFone 9 also supporting aptX Adaptive and LDAC. On paper, the ZenFone 9 appears to offer better audio quality technically, but chances are you’ll be content with the audio on either of these.


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