Almost a year after Asus took the market by a storm with the flipping cameras on the ZenFone 6, the company is back with the second iteration of the motorized flip-up camera assembly, i.e., the ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro. The Smartphones are being touted as one of the most affordable flagships on the market.
Like last year’s models, both devices have rotating camera arrays and huge 5,000 mAh batteries. On top of this, the flagships also come with a bunch of new features, including an extra zoom lens in the camera array and a new OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate.
Design and Display
ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro’s design is as eye-catching as the last year’s phone. As compared to ZenFone 6, both smartphones come with a larger flipping apparatus and an added imaging sensor. On the back, the smartphones have a similar curved edge.
Display-wise, the ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro have identical specs. They are built around a 6.67-inch AMOLED display that offers a 20:9 aspect ratio, Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, a 90Hz refresh rate, Delta-E<1 color accuracy, 700nits brightness, DC dimming, HDR10+, and Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
Internals and Storage
One of the main differences between both smartphones is the chipset. The maxed-out ZenFone 7 Pro comes with a Snapdragon 865 Plus mobile platform and 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM while the ZenFone 7 is fueled by the Snapdragon 865 chipset topped with 6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM. They come with 256 GB of expandable UFS 3.1 storage.
The ZenFone 7 series comes preinstalled with ZenUI 7 based Android 10 OS.
The ZenFone 7 and ZenFone 7 pro are the only flagship phones of 2020 that come without dedicated front-facing cameras. As compared to the dual-sensor flip camera on ZenFone 6, ZenFone 7 and ZenFone 7 Pro feature a triple sensor camera setup with a Sony IMX686 64-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel Sony IMX686 ultrawide lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom support.
Apart from providing an interrupting display, one of the benefits of a flip camera is that it allows users to capture topnotch selfie shots. The cameras offer 120fps slow-motion video recording and up to 8K video recording at 30fps. The only difference between the two phones is that the ZenFone 7’s primary camera is coupled with 4-axis OIS, whereas the main lens, as well as the telephoto shooter of the ZenFone 7, are both equipped with 4-axis OIS.
Battery and Pricing
As mentioned, both phones in the series are fueled by a 5,000 mAh battery that supports 30W HyperCharge fast charge technology and 27W Quick Charge 4.0 by Qualcomm. They also support 18W USB Power Delivery. Asus has also added features to improve the life span of the batteries like charge speed limiting and a maximum charge cap.
The smartphone sales have already begun in Taiwan with ZenFone 7 being priced ~$749 the ZenFone 7 Pro at ~$1,020.
ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro Specifications
|Specifications||Asus Zenfone 7||Asus Zenfone 7 Pro|
|CPU||Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585)||Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585)|
|GPU||Adreno 650||Adreno 650|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+)||Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+)|
|OS||Android 10, ZenUI 7||Android 10, ZenUI 7|
|Networks||2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G||2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G|
|Display||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution, HDR10+, 90Hz refresh rate, 700 nits typ. brightness||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution, HDR10+, 90Hz refresh rate, 700 nits typ. brightness|
|Camera||64 MP + 8 MP + 12 MP||64 MP + 8 MP + 12 MP|
|Connectivity||LTE, USB type-C, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0,||LTE, USB type-C, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0,|
|Fingerprint scanner||Yes (in-display)||Yes (in-display)|
|Battery||5000 mAh (30W charging)||5000 mAh (30W charging)|