The ASUS ZenFone 7 and the Pro version have been launched. They come with flagship specs and the signature ‘flip camera’ that lets you use the main camera for selfies too. The devices are probably not coming to the Netherlands.
ASUS ZenFone 7 (Pro)
ASUS has announced its top devices. The ZenFone 7 and ZenFone 7 Pro are real eye-catchers again because of their camera setup on the back that can also be used for selfies. This time ASUS comes with an improved motorized mechanism that takes up less space in the phone but is also more durable at the same time. The company promises that you can use the phone for five years if you move the camera 100 times a day. The ‘flip camera’ can also move a weight of up to 35 kilograms.
The advantage of such a pop-up mechanism is that a screen notch for the selfie camera can be omitted, and the ZenFone 7 and the Pro version each have a borderless 6.67-inch AMOLED screen. The panel is Samsung-made and it supports a 90 Hz refresh rate. ASUS also uses Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and the maximum brightness is 1000 nits.
The fingerprint scanner on these devices is not under the screen but on the side. It is also remarkable that the phone has room for two SIM cards and a microSD card. There is no 3.5 mm audio jack available with the devices.
Performance and 5000 mAh battery
If we look at the chipset, we find a Snapdragon 865 for the ZenFone 7 and the more recent Snapdragon 865 Plus with the Pro version. ASUS previously used the latter in its gaming phone, the ROG Phone 3. These chipsets also support 5G. Furthermore, the devices work with the ZenUI 7 shell, which is very close to a bare Android experience and they work with Android 10.
The ZenFone 7 has 6 GB or 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, while the ZenFone 7 pro only comes with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB storage. The manufacturer uses the fast UFS 3.1 storage together with LPDDR5 RAM for both devices.
The phones also each have the same battery and fast charger, namely a sturdy 5000 mAh battery and a 30-watt fast charger. As with the ROG Phone 3, ASUS comes with its own software that should benefit the life of your battery. This way you can stop charging at a charge of 80 or 90 percent. The phone comes without wireless charging.
Which brings us to that flip camera. ASUS chooses Sony’s IMX686 sensor as the main camera for its devices. That’s a 64 MP camera with an f / 1.8 aperture. In addition, the 8 MP telecamera brings 3x optical zoom and there is also a 12 MP wide-angle camera.
The latter comes with advanced autofocus and it is also used for filming with the ‘HyperSteady Video mode’, which promises stable images. Filming is possible in a maximum of 8K resolution, and that also applies to selfie videos.
The only – but not unimportant – camera difference between the ZenFone 7 and the Pro version is that the latter uses optical image stabilization (OIS) for the main camera and telecamera. You can read all about the importance of OIS here.
Due to a lost lawsuit in the Netherlands, ASUS has withdrawn all its phones from our market. It is therefore very unlikely that the phone will be available from us. In any case, ASUS had no information about its availability. The ZenFone 7 costs 635 euros converted, while you pay about 800 euros for the Pro version.