Asus Zenfone 9 leaked video hints that Scroll Key is back on the phone

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Asus Zenfone 9 is in development after a promo video leaked online. The alleged video shows off the upcoming Zenfone 9 in full. Meanwhile, a separate leak has suggested what specifications you can expect from it. The Zenfone 9 will be the successor to the Zenfone 8, which came in several variants last year. However, the vanilla variant shown in the video looks like it. But that’s not the interesting thing about the upcoming flagship of Asus.

The Zenfone 9 promo video, which Asus “accidentally” posted on its YouTube channel and then pulled, shows a unique side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Apart from letting you unlock the phone, the sensor will also double as a scroll key. Asus calls this a “smart key”. The animation in the video shows one-handed swiping through a webpage with the slide of a finger on the side of the phone.

Scroll Key: A Gimmick?

This is the only functionality that the video confirms for the said smart key. There is a chance that this key lets you make more gestures. This is because this is not the first time a fingerprint reader has been assigned to perform gesture-driven tasks. For example, the fingerprint sensor of the popular Samsung Galaxy Z Flip brings down the notification drawer with a single swipe. And it’s not the only latest phone either. This feature dates back to the days of the Pixel 2, whose rear-mounted fingerprint sensor lets you bring down the notification shade with a swipe down. But Asus has improved the functionality of in-app navigation, such as scrolling through an article or webpage.

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For now, it seems like an interesting way to navigate your phone. However, whether or not it will be a one-time spec that you’ll use once and then put off forever, it’s something we’ll know once Asus makes its pitch for the Zenfone 9. When? We don’t know yet. Asus hasn’t announced anything formally yet. But it is likely to make an announcement soon, possibly around the launch date of the next flagship.

A reliable tipster has also spilled the specifications of the Asus Zenfone 9. According to Twitter user SnoopyTech, the Zenfone 9 will come with a 5.9-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and shoulder triggers. The shoulder triggers make for an interesting bid, because if true, this could be the first time that a Zenfone device will compete with the company’s own ROG Phone in the gaming mobile phone category. And the fact that the Zenfone 9 will be using the top-notch Qualcomm processor makes a solid assumption.

asus zenfone 9 price

The tipster also said that the Asus Zenfone 9 will be priced between EUR 800 and 900, which roughly translates to between Rs 64,200 and Rs 72,200. The Asus Zenfone 8 was launched in India as the Asus 8z for a starting price of Rs 42,999, so the leaked price is clearly higher.

A leaked video of the Asus Zenfone 9 first hinted at the return of the scroll key on the phone on BGR India.



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