New ASUS flagship promises borderless expose, beings battery, and unmatched selfies.
ASU’Ss ZenFone 6 was one of the sleeper reaches of 2019, with a unique fling camera layout allowing for a notch-less display and superior selfies. Today, the Taiwanese company propels its successor, the ZenFone 7 Pro. As the specify advocates, ASUS is aiming a little higher with its flagship telephone this year, with a more competitive feature located and important refurbishes to that revolve camera setup.
There is also a regular ZenFone 7, with somewhat lesser specs. But we’ve been using the higher-end Pro version, which is by far the more interesting of the two.
The basic gaze and feel of the ZenFone 7 Pro isn’t dramatically deepened comparison with either the ZenFone 6 or its close cousin, the ROG Phone 3. It’s still a pretty chunky telephone, and the painted metal sidewalls and chamfers make it a slightly industrial seem. The expansive swerve of the glass back board can seldom make for a somewhat slick feel, but at least the glass itself has a more flashy seem this time around, with an iridescent turquoise impact as it’s tilted through the light.
While the ZenFone 7 Pro is easier to handle than the ROG Phone 3, with its mammoth battery and high-tech cooling apparatus, this is most certainly not a svelte handset. With its 6.67 -inch display and magnanimous amounts, this sounds( and feels) like a big phone.
That space( and weight) is put to good use, though. ASUS has maintained the same charitable 5,000 mAh battery capacity from last year’s model, while advance bill races up to 30 W via Quick Charge 4 or USB-PD.( There’s no wireless billing still, sadly .)
And around the back, the flippable camera module has viewed betters across the board. There’s a redesigned engine allowing for smoother motion, which is rated at up to 200,000 gyrations, or more than 100 snaps per period for five years.( That’s double the 100,000 pirouettes for which the ZenFone 6 was rated .)
The cameras themselves are also all-new: The primary crap-shooter helps Sony’s 64 MP IMX6 86 sensor, a 1/1.73 -inch unit behind an f/ 1.8 lens with visual stabilization( previously seen in the ROG Phone 3, but that telephone lacked OIS ). The 8MP 3X telephoto, a brand-new addition, is also optically stabilized. And the f/ 2.2 ultrawide camera implementations Sony’s IMX3 63 — otherwise known as the primary sensor from the Google Pixel 4 sequences, though with only electronic stabilization. Camera analogies will have to wait until our full discus, but that’s a quite hulking ameliorate from last year, and on paper, should give machines like the OnePlus 8 Pro a run for their money.
The ZenFone’s killer app is still its fling camera — and it’s packing some serious upgrades.
The key advantage of the throw camera is all three of these — yep, even the telephoto for some reason — can be repurposed for selfie office. A tap on the camera-switching button rotates the module around 180 severities, allowing for higher-quality selfies than you’d get from just about any traditional front-facing camera, especially in darker conditions.
The wide-angle camera is especially versatile, letting you fit a bigger group of people into your shooting.( Or, perhaps most likely these days, one or two parties and a lot more scenery .) All three sensors piece autofocus( undoubtedly ), so it’s easier to avoid the slightly-out-of-focus phenomenon that sometimes afflicts fixed-focus selfie cameras.
And in a very welcome software improvement, it’s now possible to curriculum preset camera positions for the move camera’s motor, so you can easily switch to positions in between rear-facing and front-facing. A 90 -degree rotation, for instance, is great for captivating babies or wildlife at a lower level without crouching down too low. Up to three presets are supported, and these will also show up in third-party camera apps thanks to the optional drift motor self-control button.
There’s one significant accommodation that remains because of that turn camera, though: The ZenFone 7 Pro isn’t water-resistant and has no IP rating. There’s no gasket around the SIM tray either, so you’ll want to be careful around ocean with this phone.
ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro Specs
6.67 -inch Full HD+ AMOLED all-screen flaunt, 92% screen-to-body ratio, 20:9 characteristic rate, 90 Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, 200 Hz touch sampling proportion, 110% DCI-P3 color space, Delta E< 1 hue accuracy CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 5G Mobile Platform GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 RAM/ ROM LPDDR5 8GB RAM, UFS 3.1 256 GB Wide Camera 64 MP Sony IMX6 86 flagship sensor, Quad Bayer Technology, F1. 8, 0.8/ 1.6 -micron effective pixel sizing, 1/1.73 " 2x1 OCL PDAF, OIS, Dual LED Flash Ultrawide Camera 12 MP Sony IMX3 63 flagship sensor, 113 -degree ultrawide F2. 2 DualPDAF front and rear realtime distortion improvement. Telephoto Camera 3X visual zoom, up to 12 X total zoom, OIS, approvals seamless changes between cameras while recording Video recording Up to 8K @30fps with EIS for main cameraUp to 4K @60fps for secondary camera Battery 5,000 mAh, Quick Charge 4.0 Wireless WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, Qualcomm aptX Adaptive, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC SIM/ SD slots Triple slots, 5G +4 G or 4G dual-SIM/ dual-standby supportSlot 1: 5G/ 4G/ 3G/ 2G Nano SIM CardSlot 2: 5G/ 4G/ 3G/ 2G Nano SIM CardSlot 3: Aids up to 2TB microSD card OS Android 10 NFC Available Audio Dual loudspeakers with dual smart amplifiersNXP TFA9 874 smart-alecky amplifierTriple microphones with ASUS noise reduction technology Color Aurora Black, Pastel White Dimensions 165 x 77.28 x 9.9 mm Weight 230 g
In most other respects, the ZenFone 7 Pro gives everything you’d expect from a 2020 flagship. The showing, thankfully, has been improved beyond the lackluster LCD of last year’s ZenFone, and now facets a far director Full HD+ 90 Hz AMOLED panel. It’s a flat expose and bundles a somewhat bigger chin than some contemporaries, but the uninterrupted screen space is definitely welcome. The 90 Hz refresh rate is lower than the 120 Hz of competitives like the OnePlus 8 Pro.
But the difference in smoothness is barely pronounced, and significant benefits when combined with the ZenFone’s big battery should be worthwhile. The telephone still finagles a 200 Hz touch response pace, and as a result, feels as slick and accept as any other Android flagship.
On the inside, Qualcomm’s very latest Snapdragon 865+ chipset capabilities the ZenFone 7 Pro, working together with an abundant 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. MicroSD expansion is supported too, and thanks to the triple-slot SIM tray, it’s possible to use an SD card and two SIMs at the same time.
Flagship hardware with very few jeopardizes, paired with clean software.
Unfortunately for supporters of the 3.5 mm headphone jack, though, the gift audio port has been retired in the ZenFone 7 Pro, so you’ll need to go wireless or dig up some USB-C buds.
The capacitive fingerprint scanner is now built into the power button on the side of the maneuver and studies far more reliably than, for example, Sony’s lackluster side-mounted sensor on its Xperia 1 II. And the key itself been in a position to be programmed to propel apps or act other functions with a long press or double-tap.
That’s one of the many nips included in ASU’Ss ZenUI software. ZenUI underwent a major revamp last year, as part of a shift towards a more asset Android interface. That stock inspection and feel hasn’t gone anywhere, but ASUS has added more helpful peculiarities to its loadout in this latest release.
An optional longer layout for the quick provides area of the notification color allows you to see more icons at once, and reach them more easily with one entrust. The music menu has been redesigned to allow easier access to volume assures for calls and alarms as well as media. And all the battery health software aspects we first accompanied on the ROG Phone 3 are present, including the ability to schedule slower charging durations overnight to improve long-term battery health.
Meanwhile, the move to an AMOLED display has obligated Alway-On Display facets possible, and this functions much the same as on a Google Pixel telephone, with a handful of clock designs and notifications able to partly wake the screen. Google’s Android Messages app is the wrap textbook messenger, and the phone also supports the Google Phone app if downloaded from Google Play — handy if you miss Google’s caller ID and spam identification features.
So anyone put off by the design direction of, for example, the next OxygenOS release, should appreciate that ASU’Ss software is pretty much as clean as a Pixel these days.
The only caveat on software is that this phone is launching on Android 10 just days before the expected Android 11 stable release. ASUS isn’t committing to any house year for the update though a beta will soon be rolling out for ZenFone 6 proprietors.( For what it’s worth, stable Android 10 for the ZenFone 6 acre around December last year .)
Overall, the ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro glances to be a solid upgrade to the dramatically different ZenFone 6. The betterments are mainly incremental, but targeted in the areas that represent the most sense — peculiarly the cameras, which we’ll dissect in further detail in our full revaluation. Other improvements like the 90 Hz display, 5G connectivity, and faster accusing build the ZenFone more competitive in the crowded Android flagship space.
If ASUS can reach the right price point in the West, it could have a tempting proposition for photo lovers, selfie love, and anyone who acknowledges a clean-living, fast Android experience.
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