In-app graphics reveal possible ZenFone 9 and ROG Phone 6 designs

After months of beta testing, ASUS finally released the stable Android 12 update for the ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip yesterday. Interestingly enough, the latest update also appears to contain references for the upcoming ZenFone 9 and ROG Phone 6.

Like Point by an ASUS ZenTalk forum member The Raimstor, the latest Android 12 update for the ZenFone 8 adds a new hidden setting for the double-tap return gesture, similar to Pixel phones. The feature is currently not working but its configuration page reveals what appears to be a sketch of a ZenFone 9. Note that this is a first “render” (if it can even be called that). and not of a finalized design. It could very easily be a placeholder graphic. Either way, the render shows the ZenFone 9 sporting a dual-camera setup on the back. A closer look reveals that the setup consists of a 50MP primary camera and a 12MP ultra-wide camera. Additionally, we can also see that the phone features an iPhone 13-style square design with flat edges.

A sketch showing the back of the ZenFone 9

The same Android 12 firmware also contains a sketch of the ROG Phone 6 (H/T Mishaal Rahman), giving us a look at ASUS’ next gaming flagship. As you can see below, the phone retains the unapologetic gamer aesthetic we’ve come to expect from the ROG lineup. The middle of the back appears to house an ROG Vision PMOLED display, with a stylized “ROG 06” logo just above it. According to the sketch, the phone has a larger camera module than ROG Phone 5. We highly praised last year’s ROG Phone 5 for its incredible performance and thoughtful gaming features, and we expect nothing from it. less than ROG Phone 6.

A sketch of the ASUS ROG Phone 6

Not much is known about the ZenFone 9 and ROG Phone 6 at this point. We hope to learn more about both phones in the coming months before their official launch.

Thanks to Wichaya Poka for the tip!

Jennifer C. Burleigh