Just about a calendar year just after Asus charmed us with the flipping cameras on the Zenfone 6, the business is again with the Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro. Equally units nonetheless have rotating digicam arrays like final year’s design, as perfectly as the exact enormous 5,000mAh batteries. But this yr, there are a bunch of new functions which includes an excess zoom lens in the camera array and a new OLED display screen with a 90Hz refresh level.
Asus suggests the telephones are prepared for start in pick European markets on September 1st, but not in the US. Exact European pricing is because of to be introduced on that day. The cell phone is likely on sale in Taiwan starting off currently. In that country the Zenfone 7’s price starts at NT$21,990 (around $749), whilst the Zenfone 7 Pro costs NT$27,990 (about $953).
The flipping camera array is as eye-catching on the Zenfone 7 as it was on final year’s cell phone. With the faucet of a button, the 3 digicam sensors swing all-around from the again of the phone to the entrance, that means there’s no need to have for any variety of screen notch, but also that you get the same adaptability with selfie pictures as you do with the rear digital camera.
This 12 months, Asus has bundled three cameras in the array. There is a 64-megapixel huge-angle digicam, a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera with a 113-degree field of look at, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with a 3x optical zoom. That indicates you get a super-useful ultrawide selfie camera (handy for group selfies) and a zoom whose use as a selfie digicam is not immediately obvious. On the Zenfone 7 Pro, the huge-angle and telephoto cameras occur with optical graphic stabilization, but which is not incorporated on the frequent Zenfone 7.
As very well as boosting the variety and resolution of the particular person sensors, Asus claims its rejigged the real flipping mechanism. Most importantly, it is now rated to endure 200,000 flips fairly than the 100,000 the Zenfone 6 could face up to — Asus reckons it would choose flipping the cameras 100 periods a working day for five decades to use it out. You can also now manually pick out specific angles you want the cameras to flip to, and Asus also suggests the entire system is quicker and smoother than in the past model.
There are a couple of noteworthy updates Asus has produced to the monitor on the Zenfone 7. 1st up is that the exhibit now has a high-refresh rate 90Hz OLED panel, up from the 60Hz Liquid crystal display monitor from very last calendar year. That usually means it must search a lot smoother. Asus also claims the monitor can now get as deliver as 700 nits in brilliant ailments, earning it a lot easier to read in daylight, whilst also having fun with a little bit far more actual estate at 6.67 inches. It is nonetheless received just a 1080p resolution, on the other hand.
The enormous 5,000mAh battery returns from previous year’s cellular phone, and this 12 months it supports up to 30W speedy charging. Sad to say, there is no wi-fi charging in sight: Asus stated it preferred to prioritize a greater battery fairly than getting to allocate room to the hardware it would demand.
There’s also no rear-mounted fingerprint sensor this time about. As a substitute, there is a facet-mounted one particular constructed into the phone’s electrical power button, which also plays double duty as a shortcut crucial, with customizable double tap and keep gestures. Not like the Zenfone 6, the Zenfone 7 doesn’t have a headphone jack, and there’s also no IP rating (it’s received a huge flipping digicam array, right after all). Both equally handsets are readily available in either white or black.
Internally, the Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro are specced a little bit in a different way. The 7 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Meanwhile, the Zenfone 7 has a a bit slower Snapdragon 865 with 128GB of storage and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Each help Sub-6GHz 5G (with no mmWave), as perfectly as external storage working with microSD cards with up to 2TB of potential.
We stunned ourselves with how considerably we favored past year’s Zenfone 6, and from the specs, it appears like Asus has stored most of what we liked formerly intact, although also attempting to tackle some of the problems with the machine. Our comprehensive evaluation is coming quickly.