A decade ago smartphones with screen sizes approaching 7 inches were unusual enough that people often called then phablets. These days they’re just… phones. And that means when Asus launched the Zenfone 10 with a 5.9 inch display last year, it was considered fairly small by modern smartphone standards.

But now one of the last companies offering a “small” flagship is going big. The new Asus Zenfone 11 Ultra sports a 6.78 inch, FHD+ AMOLED LTPO display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, and an $899 starting price.

The phone will sell for $899 in the US, where it will be available with 12GB of LPDDR5x memory and 256GB of UFS 4.0 storage, but there will also be a 16GB/512GB available in select markets.

US customers should keep in mind that the Zenfone 11 will work on AT&T and T-Mobile, but doesn’t support Verizon’s network bands. It also supports WiFi 7, Bluetooth 5.4, and NFC.

The display supports variable refresh rates ranging from 1 to 120 Hz, and supports up to 2500 nits peak brightness (although Asus doesn’t say what its normal brightness range is).

On the back of the phone is a 50MP primary camera with a 6-axis hybrid gimbal stabilizer, a 13MP wide-angle camera, and a 32MP telephoto lens with 4X optical zoom and optical image stabilization.

There’s also a 32MP front-facing camera. Both of those 32MP cameras use pixel-binning so that actual images saved to your device are 8MP.

Asus packs the phone with a 5,500 mAh battery and the Zenfone 11 Ultra supports 65W fast charging with a USB-C power adapter or 15W wireless charging.

Other features include an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack, something that’s increasingly uncommon on flagship phones.

The Asus Zenfone 11 Ultra measures 164 x 77 x 9mm (6.5″ x 3″ x 0.4″) and weighs 224 grams (7.9 ounces).

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  1. I like small Asus phones. Currently, I’m most looking forward to a phone with USB4. I miss the Compact series from Sony. Sony has always been expensive, but it offers a 4K screen that Asus doesn’t have. I know there will be people here who think they are the smartest (“why do you need 4K on a phone?”), but I decide what I want for myself. Don’t worry! I’m also old-fashioned and for me a phone is up to 150mm long and 75mm wide. Larger phones are not phones for me, they are quirks.

  2. I had one bad experience with a new ZenPhone a few years ago. The thing would randomly reboot itself. After a few days of that I returned it. Lucky for me the retailer gave me a full refund. But I don’t trust ASUS now.

  3. The only reason I did not buy the Zenfone 10 was that it wasn’t compatible with my carrier. Zenfone 10 did not have all the right bands, which was a stupid mistake on Asus part.
    Now there’s zero chance I will ever buy an Asus phone, especially not with Asus going in this direction… an enormous monstrosity that is the Zedfone 11 “pro”.

  4. I bought the $140 “Alldocube iPlay 50 Mini PRO Tablet 8.4inch Android13 Helio G99 8GB RAM 256GB ROM Dual SIM Card iPlay50 Mini PRO” and year worth of phone service from US Mobile for $70 (light plan 1GB of data per month — https://www.usmobile.com/get-started-bundles).

    Works pretty well! Have only done a few calls in speaker phone mode.

  5. Every time I hear about another gigantic phone it just makes me think that there’s not really going to be a place in this world for people who want their phones to be under 160mm in length or usable in one hand.
    Because how can you even talk about this without inviting the social darwinists who call you a loser for being average height and not allowed carry bags around?

    1. Oh, what am I saying. I must sound like an idiot for forgetting about the foldables, but I don’t consider them since none of them have custom ROM support.
      I’ll sooner use an oversized brick than get roped into whatever social panic that Google and Apple insist I need to participate in.

    2. I recently bought Uniherz Jelly Star to keep my secondary SIMs online, but in the end I ended up making it my daily driver instead of mid size Samsung. I do not use messengers or browse web on mobile, so I do not actually need large screen or keyboard. Plus, it has IR blaster, call recording, action button, flashlight, wrist strap, audio jack, and some other nice features. Without messengers battery live is pretty descent. The only thing missing is waterproofness.