Asus Smartphone Company has come to stay with their amazing Android Smartphone Series. With the introduction of Asus Zenfone 7 Pro, the number of their customers have skyrocketed. Some smartphone form factors only go down in history as one-off experiments, but the Asus Flip Camera their will a market durability for the product. Improved and enhanced, it returns for a second year in a row on the Zenfone 7 showing that phones can still have moving parts and be cool.
Before now, we have come in contact with other products with mechanical sliders, but neither Xiaomi followed up the Mi Mix 3, nor did Honor with the Magic 2 (and no, we’re not counting the Magic 2 3D). Whatever the Oppo Find X motorized contraption can be classified as, the Find X2 didn’t want any of it. It’s refreshing then that the Flip Camera lives on.
Asus zenfone 7 pro comes with amazing features that will wow your mind. It holds three cameras now, a 3x telephoto joining the regular and ultra-wide modules. These two have gotten better too – the main camera now uses the 64MP Quad Bayer sensor in place of the 48MP unit on the Zenfone 6. While the ultra-wide cam gets a big sensor and dual pixel autofocus.
The tele camera was a notable absentee on the older model, but we weren’t thrilled with its LCD either. For this generation, Asus talked to Samsung and got a nice 6.67-inch AMOLED, with a middle-ground 90Hz refresh rate too.
A big screen better have a big battery behind it, so the Zenfone 7 comes with the same 5,000mAh capacity power pack of the 6, now with faster charging. And in keeping with the model’s position in the market, a flagship chipset is also part of the spec sheet.
This perhaps is a good juncture to point out that there are two Zenfone 7s – a vanilla one and a Pro, with minor differences between them. The Pro gets the Snapdragon 865+ chipset, OIS on both the main cam and the telephoto, and 256GB of storage. The Zenfone 7 proper makes do with the Snapdragon 865 non-plus, non-stabilized optics all around (on otherwise the same cameras), and just 128GB of storage.
Zenfone 7 is a lower price tag, and its €700 make is seem like the better deal than the Pro is for €800.
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro specs
Body: 165.1×77.3×9.6mm, 230g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminum frame; Colors: Aurora Black, Pastel White.
Display: 6.67″ Super AMOLED, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi; HDR10+, 90Hz refresh rate.
Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+): Octa-core (1×3.1 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585); Adreno 650.
Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM (128GB 6/8GB on the non-Pro); UFS 3.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
OS/Software: Android 10, ZenUI 7.
Camera: Motorized flip-up camera module: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS (Pro only); Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 113˚, 17mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF; Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm, PDAF, OIS (Pro only), 3x optical zoom; Dual-LED flash, HDR, auto panorama (motorized rotation).
Video capture: 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@480fps; gyro-EIS, HDR.
Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 30W, USB Power Delivery 3.0, Reverse charging.
Misc: Fingerprint (side-mounted, capacitive), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass; NFC.
Some concessions go with the unique form factor – the Zenfone 7 has no IP rating, likely due to the Flip Camera being hard to waterproof. Additionally, with a handset that’s already on the thick and heavy side of average, adding wireless charging would have pushed things beyond reason, so it’s missing that too. Let’s pin this last one on the motorized cam then – there was no room for a 3.5mm jack so it had to go?
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro Packaging
The Zenfone 7 arrives in a larger-than-most cardboard black box with a simulated blue glow along the side edges and a large ‘7’ printed on top. Inside it you get the HyperCharge adapter that supports up to 30W of power output (over USB PowerDelivery with PPS) and a USB-C-to-C cable to go with it.
There’s no headset inside, and with the missing 3.5mm jack and no dongle included, you’re limited to Bluetooth headphones or getting an aftermarket adapter. Of the assortment we had to test, the Zenfone didn’t work with Xiaomi and Sony USB-C-to-3.5mm adapters but did play nicely with Samsung and Pixel ones and the one we had from the ROG Phone 3 (duh!). So passive adapters are a no-go, active ones should normally be fine.
Price: Zenfone 7 comes with a lower price tag of €700, while the Pro version is €800.