We’ve been seeing a lot of conflicting leaks about the Zenfone 7. It’s going to be LCD or it’s going to be AMOLED. It’s going to be 90 hertz it’s going to be 60 hertz. But finally today Asus took the wraps off their two new phones the Zenfone 7 and the Zenfone 7 pro. Let’s take a look at what is it that Asus has brought to the table with their dual flagship offerings.
Asus Zenfone 7 Vs Zenfone 7 Pro
Now both the Zenfone 7 and the 7 Pro are for the most part similar with just a couple of basic differences. So that is where we are going to start.
The first difference is with the specs. Well the Zenfone 7 sports the Qualcomm snapdragon 865 chip with 6GB of ram and 128 GB of onboard storage. The Zenfone 7 pro opts for the faster Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. With two extra gigs of ram and doubles the storage at 256 gigs.
Do note that the technology remains the same across both devices the ram is LPDDR 5. And the storage is UFS 3.1 so Asus has made no changes there. Another nice thing that Asus has done with the Zenfone 7 series is that they’ve provided memory Aexpansion support for both the phones. And it’s not just memory expansion but dedicated memory expansion in the form of a triple slot. This is not something we usually find on flagship so hats off to Asus.
Anyway difference number two is with the optics the sensors themselves they remain the same. The primary is sony’s IMX 686 a 64-megapixel sensor. Which is paired with an f 1.8 lens the secondary is a 12 megapixel again sony sensor, this one’s the IMX 363 it’s paired with an ultra-wide lens this has a 113-degree field of view. Which is down from 125 on the 6z. Then we have an 8-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens that offers 3x optical zoom. So if the sensors are the same then what happens to be the difference. Well the primary and telephoto they do offer optical stabilization on the pro variant. While it is limited to electronic stabilization on the regular Zenfone 7. And that’s pretty much it these two are the only differences between these two phones. Everything else is identical across both variants
So continuing on Asus seems to have done well with the camera software they’ve provided detailed manual modes for both stills and videos. There is even support for 8k video at 30fps given you can flip the camera to the front this is the absolute highest resolution selfie video you’re going to be getting for a while at least.
Anyway talking about the flip module Asus claims it’s more resilient than ever it’s more durable now. With the 6z or the Zenfone 6 whatever you want to call it the flip module it seems to have aged well. Now despite Asus selling out stocks everywhere, we’ve not come across a lot of consumer complaints on durability. So I’m pretty hopeful that the Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro should do well in that regard too. And it’s not just with the durability either, the flip module here is supposed to be quicker too.
So far everything we’ve been talking about I’ve kind of liked all of this it’s been things I like now. So let’s switch to something didn’t like much the weight. Now last year we had the rog phone 2 with top specs and everything at 240 grams. And if you wanted something a little more portable from Asus. We had the 6z at the under 200-gram mark, there was like a 50-gram difference between the two but this year though the 7 series comes in at 230 grams making it one of the heftier flagships around. The ROG 3 remained at 240 grams.
I mean the extra weight on the 7 series is not without reason but still, I’d have liked a lighter phone or at least one variant that’s lighter maybe with a smaller display and a lower capacity battery and talking about displays if you asked anybody who saw or used a 6z if you ask them what they’d like to change about it 9 out of 10 times they’re gonna say the display.
Display : Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro
Now it’s not because there was anything particularly wrong with the display on the 6z. It was a beautiful beautiful LCD panel with no interruptions. But AMOLED become more popular these days and the inky blacks that are something we’ve come to associate with quality with flagship phones. So that is what Asus has done here they’ve removed that LCD and replaced it with Samsung’s high-quality AMOLED panel. And this one even has 90-hertz refresh which again has become a standard requirement with flagships unless of course, you are that brand that sells 90k phones with plastic packs, Samsung Note 20.
Let’s not even go there any way the display size has increased to 6.7 inches. Through the resolution remains unchanged at full HD plus the response time it is one millisecond with a 200-hertz touch sampling rate so Asus seems to have paid extra attention to the display tech. Though the rog phone three it remains the gaming flagship the Zenfone 7 series it should still be excellent for gaming.
Getting Better As Flagship
So we are kind of seeing a trend here the rog phone it is focused on gamers but now it’s getting more flagship features. It’s getting better cameras it’s not just focused on gaming anymore. Similarly, the Zenfone series the Zenfone 5 the Zenfone 6 these weren’t focused on gaming but now they have bigger displays. The 7 series it’s got 90-hertz refresh so it’s kind of catering to gamers as well. So both these series they are taking a little bit of something from each other. And of course, Asus has retained that 5,000 mAh battery. And the charger is updated to 30 watts something that the rog phone has had in the past it still has. Asus is claiming 0 to 60% in 34 minutes zero to 100% in about an hour and a half, not bad for a 5 000 mAh battery.
Software and User Interface
As far as software is concerned as expected it’s android 10. With Zen UI 7 on top Asus zen UI has been it’s been growing more and more Stockish with every iteration. And that’s not a bad thing it’s a very good thing so here’s to hope the software experience remains excellent. On this one initial review coming in they seem to indicate it is one area where the seven series have regressed. Though is with audio we still do get stereo speakers and knowing Asus I’m guessing they’re gonna be loudspeakers.
But they have done away with the headphone jack which is a bummer. They’ve also done away with the rear fingerprint scanner and the smart key. But in these cases, we do get a unified solution. Instead the fingerprint scanner is now built into the power button. And this power button also happens to double as a smart key. So you can technically set it to scan your finger and launch an app on pressing it which is quite an intriguing option. I would have still preferred an under-display fingerprint scanner but hey what can you do it is what it is with that said let’s now move on to pricing
Pricing and Availability
If I wasn’t clear so far Asus has improved a lot of things with the Zenfone 7 series. So the price is expected to increase especially given the GST hike and the rupee depreciation. As of now we only have the Taiwanese pricing. The Zenphone 7 is priced around it is priced at 22,000 new Taiwan dollar and the 7 pro at 28,000. This converts to roughly 55000 and 70,000 Indian rupees respectively.
But will Asus launch it in India at low prices or maybe come up with lower storage variant to get the price points a little lower that’s something only Asus can answer at this point What do you guys think? What do you think would be a fair asking price for the Zenfone 7 and the 7 pros? Let me know via the comments below and also let me know what you think of these phones. Do you think these can compete with the likes of the one plus 8 and the one plus 8 Pro?