Last year, there was a rumour circulating that Asus would discontinue the Zenfone line, suggesting the Zenfone 10 would be the last compact flagship. Fortunately, Asus promptly refuted the rumour, putting it to rest.
What’s more, it looks like two new Zenfone 11 handsets are coming in 2024. A regular, compact version was always in the pipeline, but a larger-screened Ultra model also appears to be on the way. Here’s everything we know so far.
When will the Asus Zenfone 11 be released?
There’s been no announcement from Asus at the time of writing, but the Zenfone range is usually updated at some point in the summer. Here’s when the last few models launched:
So, there’s a good chance we’ll see the Zenfone 11 in the next few months, probably around July 2024.
The Zenfone 10’s delayed launch in the US was attributed to network compatibility issues. Asus might improve its launch strategy this time, aiming for a universal release. But for now, nothing is certain.
How much will the Asus Zenfone 11 cost?
There’s no official confirmation from Asus about how much the new Zenfone 11 will set you back, but the prices of previous models may shed some light on this topic.
Here’s how previous generations were priced at their initial launch:
Asus Zenfone 10 – $699/£749
Asus Zenfone 9 – $699/£699
Asus Zenfone 8 – $629/£599
Asus Zenfone 7 – $749/£569
As we can see, Asus has not yet established a consistent pricing strategy over the past few years. Considering previous increases in prices (at least in the UK) it is probable that they will not decrease with the Zenfone 11.
A price rise is possible, but the rumoured new Ultra version is likely to be significantly more expensive. Considering Samsung’s Galaxy S24 Ultra starts at $1,299.99/£1,249, be prepared for something similar.
What specs and features will the Asus Zenfone 11 have?
Nothing concrete has been revealed regarding the Zenfone 11 range so far. However, significant leaks suggest there’ll be not one, but two new models this year.
Here’s what we can expect from them.
Asus Zenfone 11
The Google Play console recently listed the upcoming Zenfone 11, revealing that it might sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset.
Other things we learned were that the Zenfone 11 seems to boast 16GB of RAM and the screen resolution remains consistent with its predecessor at 2400×1080. Additionally, the device is likely set to run Android 14 right from its launch.
Not much more is known, but we hope Asus decides to make bigger changes this time. The Zenfone series has maintained the same design for two years, with minor changes such as adding a metallic ring around the camera sensors. The hope is for the Zenfone 11 to retain the general size and shape while improving the back, possibly introducing a true glass back and a telephoto camera.
Heat management is a concern, especially during demanding tasks like gaming. Improvements in this aspect, even if it means a slightly larger profile, are hoped for in the Zenfone 11. So the news that it is to run on Qualcomm’s latest processor is particularly welcome.
In terms of software support, Asus falls behind competitors like Google and Samsung. Extending the OS commitment for the Zenfone 11, similar to Samsung’s policy, would be another key feature that would make it a worthwhile purchase.
Asus Zenfone 11 Ultra
If the leaks are to be believe, we can expect a second Zenfone 11 model this year.
Asus might adopt a new strategy with the Zenfone 11 Ultra, enabling it to appeal to a wider audience and go toe-to-toe with flagship phones such as the Galaxy S24 Ultra. It’s expected to be a more powerful and larger version of the Zenfone 11, with a design that closely resembles Asus’ own ROG 8 Pro.
A recent leak, discovered by Reddit user Td3v1l while examining the latest ROG 8 firmware update, provides our initial glimpse of the Zenfone 11 Ultra through a set of renders. This seems to confirm that the Zenfone 11 Ultra will share most of its key specifications with the ROG Phone 8/8 Pro, but with some changes.
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The Zenfone 11 Ultra will probably feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, accompanied by 16GB LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB UFS 4.0 storage.
The device is also expected to boast a 6.78 inches AMOLED LTPO display with a resolution of 2400×1080, 144Hz refresh rate and a punch hole cut-out for the 32MP front-facing camera.
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The leaked specifications also reveal the same camera setup, comprising a 50MP main IMX890 sensor, a 32MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom, and a 13MP ultrawide lens.
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The battery is listed at 5500mAh and could support 65W wired charging as well as 15W wireless charging. It is also likely set to run Android 14 right from its launch.
The Zenfone 11 Ultra looks like it will be available in colours known as Eternal Black, Skyline Blue, Misty Gray, Verdure Green, and Desert Sienna.
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That’s all we know about the Zenfone 11 and the 11 Ultra for the moment. In the meantime, be sure to check out our the best small phone and best Android phone charts.