The new Asus Zenfone 7 Pro and 7: the flip cam is back
The same design remains and will be continued by improvements in the Zenfone 7 Pro and 7. By using the flip cam as a main and selfie camera, the new Asus model gains an uninterrupted AMOLED Display. The motor of this extraordinary camera has been reduced by 40%, but makes this up with more than twice as much power. The camera angle can now also be adjusted in 0.5-degree increments.
An unusual camera
The concept is clever in my eyes. One camera for everything, adjustable at different angles and supported by an optical image stabiliser in the Pro model. The design brings you a screen without a notch or interruption. The rotating triple cam with a 64 MP Sony IMX686 main camera (f/1.8; FOV = Field of View, recording angle: 78.3 degrees), a 12 MP Sony IMX363 ultra-wide-angle camera (f/2.2; FOV: 113 degrees) and 8 MP triple optical zoom offer you the chance for successful pictures. What separates the Zenfone 7 Pro and Zenfone 7 is the additional optical image stabilisation instead of only digital image stabilisation. By the way, macro shots are possible from a distance of 4 centimeters.
Before I forget, here are a few more facts about video recordings. The main camera records videos at a maximum resolution of 8K at 30 fps. The ultra wide angle camera, on the other hand, possesses a max. of 60 fps at 4K resolution. The main camera masters slow-motion video in 4K at 120 fps. For those worried about the folding mechanism and its durability, Asus has tested it 200,000 times, amounting to 100 openings per day for more than five years.
Performance is where it's at
The 6.67-inch AMOLED Display is made by Samsung and protected by Gorilla Glass 6. The screen reproduces rich darkness levels and features some of the best contrast values out there. It's also HDR10+ capable. The refresh rate is 90 Hertz, located right between the current standard of 60 Hz and the upper league at 120 Hz. The entire thing is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery charging at a maximum of 30W. According to Asus, this'll get you from zero to 50 per cent in half an hour. The extensive battery settings were designed to sustain battery life as long as possible. According to Asus' tests regarding slow charging, timed charging and setting a maximum charge level, you shouldn't always charge to 100%. Asus found out that after 500 charging cycles, the smartphone receives a 15% performance reduction after being continuously charged up to 100%. On the other hand, charging up to 80% leads to a 7% drop. According to the manufacturer, the right timing will therefore ensure a longer life for your battery. All these settings are identical to those in the Asus ROG 3.
As previously described, the Zenfone 7 Pro has a Snapdragon 865 5G Plus processor and an Andreno 650 graphic card. In terms of speed, the Zenfone 7 Pro can definitely compete with flagships by OnePlus, Sony or Oppo. The Pro version possesses 8 GB of RAM and an internal memory of 256 GB. The Zenfone 7 is available at 128 GB, not too small in the age of clouds and streaming. Both are expandable up to 2 Terabyte. That should really be enough for everyone.
By the way, the Taiwanese manufacturer has promised updates for at least two years, which should easily reach Android 11 and 12. Maybe all this will make up for the missing headphone jack and the fact that both models have to manage without wireless charging. These losses were probably necessary for the large battery. Because of this, two sleeves are included in the delivery free of charge. A small consolation.
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