Last year, when Asus launched the Zenfone 6 phone, users were amazed by its flipping camera. It was designed in such a manner that its rear camera could be neatly flipped over to act as the selfie camera. And now, the company is ready with the Zenfone 7 and Pro 7 phones. These devices are coming up with a rotating camera assembly, which is quite like Zenfone 6. They are also coupled with large 5,000mAh batteries.
So what’s new this year? Both Zenfone 7 and Pro 7 have an additional zoom lens fitted to the camera assembly. The OLED display is also updated, having a refresh rate of 90Hz.
According to Asus, the phones will be making way to the markets of Europe on September 1st. There is no information about the arrival of these devices in the US. The exact prices in terms of Euro pounds for these devices would be clear only on that date. Both these phones would be on sale in the Taiwanese market today onwards. In Taiwan, the cost of Zenfone 7 starts at NT$21,990, which is about $749, while the Zenfone 7 Pro is priced at NT$27,990, which is equivalent to $953.
The most notable feature on the Zenfone 7 is the triple-lens flipping camera setup. Last time when Asus launched the Zenfone 6, everyone was in awe of its camera design. This time, the device is coming up with three cameras. With a button’s click, all the three cameras from the rear portion of the device rotate and come to the front. Undoubtedly, these cameras play a dual role-that of a rear camera as well as selfie cameras. Here, there is no need for a display notch.
The entire assembly consists of a 64-megapixel camera with a wide-angle, a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera having a field view of 113 degrees, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera that can be zoomed 3 times. With this camera design, users will love taking group selfies as it has an ultrawide view. The zoom feature can also be used to take distant photographs. Unline Zenfone 7, both the wide-angle and the telephoto cameras, are equipped with optical image stabilization on the Zenfone 7 Pro.
Apart from improving the resolution of the camera sensors, Asus states that the flipping mechanism has been designed to tolerate about 2,00,000 flips, while the Zenfone 6 was designed to survive 1,00,000 flips. Asus claims that the phone can survive for 5 years, even if it is flipped for about 100 times a day. The angles at which these cameras can be flipped can be selected manually. The complete camera mechanism in Zenfone 7 has been improved compared to Zenfone 6, to ensure its smooth and quick functioning, says Asus.
The OLED panel has also been improved to work with a refresh rate of 90Hz. The OLED panel of Zenfone 6 came with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The luminance of the display can go up to 700 nits in bright sunlight, making it simpler to view the phone screen in such conditions. The screen measures 6.67 inches, and it comes with a resolution of 1080p. The device also has huge batteries with a capacity of 5000mAh, quite like Zenfone 6. However, it does not support wireless charging.
The fingerprint sensor at the back of the device is absent this time. However, the same has been fitted at the device’s side on the power button of the phone. This button can also be used as the shortcut key, with which double-tapping and holding features can be customized. This model also does not have a headphone jack, unlike the previous one. Both Zenfone 7 and the Zenfone 7 Pro come in either white or black colors.
The internal specifications of both these devices are a little different. The Zenfone 7 Pro is equipped with a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor having a RAM of 8GB and a storage space of about 256 GB. On the contrary, the Zenfone 7 comes with a Snapdragon 865 processor that is a little slower than the 7 Pro. It comes with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, along with a storage of 128 GB. It also has external storage where microcards with a capacity of about 2TB capacity can be used. Overall, not much seems to have changed in Zenfone 7 when compared to Zenfone 6. Asus has sorted out a few issues in Zenfone 6 in this latest model.
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