Asus has launched ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro, this has been announced alongside the ZenFone 7 but there are very minor differences. I am also doing a hands on comparison of this vs Zenfone 6.
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro box content:
1. Some paper work
2. A SIM card tool
3. A USB Type-C cable
4. 30 watt fast charger
5. Then you get two cases.
There’s one plastic hard clear case, as well as other has a bit more of a texture.
Design and Build
Now let’s get to the ZenFone 7, it’s got a very similar design language to the ASUS ZenFone 6. So there is this curved glass back with a metal frame on the flip out camera module which really makes the ZenFone unique.
The first thing I do notice is that the ZenFone 7 Pro is a lot heavier, this is around 230 grams, versus the 190 grams on the ZenFone 6. It’s also larger all around so it’s taller, wider and it’s thicker.
And you’ll see that we do have a larger flip camera module and that is because we now have three cameras instead of the two on the ZenFone 6.
You will notice that the ZenFone 7 Pro does have more of a two tone finish for this aurora black compared to the flat color of the ZenFone 6.
The ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro are also available in Aurora Black, Pastel White color. And as with the ZenFone 6, because of the flip camera mechanism, we do not have any water or dust resistance.
You’ll also see that we have a fingerprint scanner on the back of the ZenFone 6, on the ZenFone 7 and the 7 Pro it is now here on the side. And this also doubles up as a power button, as well as a smart key.
So you can assign it to do a few different actions, if you double press it, or if you press and hold, you can get it to open a particular app or Google Assistant or something like that.
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro: Display
Now let’s take a look at the front, so they do look relatively similar, I would say that the ZenFone 6 does have more of a chin compared to the 7 and the 7 Pro.
We also have an AMOLED display this year, which is larger, it’s 6.67 inches, versus the 6.4 inch display that we’ve got on the ZenFone 6.
Resolution is still FHD+, so we do get a slightly lower pixel density compared to the ZenFone 6, but that’s not really something that’s going to matter. We now have 90 Hertz refresh rate compared to the 60 Hertz that we had on the ZenFone 6.
This also has a one millisecond response time with 200 Hertz touch sampling rate so it does feel very smooth.
Unique Camera module
Now let’s talk about what’s very unique about the ZenFone series and that is that flip up camera.
This is something that I’ve not really seen on any other smartphone. And this means that you can have the same rear facing cameras for the front as well. And you can see that it pops up here.
Now it’s supposed to be faster compared to the ZenFone 6, also it is more durable than Zenfone 6. ASUS are also saying that it can hold up to 40% more weight.
So when it is flipped out, if you try to kind of pull it towards the screen, it’s going to be able to take pressure up to around 35 kgs.
I’m not going to try this out here, I do not do durability, I’ll wait for JerryRIG Everything to test out the durability of this camera module.
But one thing that we did have before is that it will automatically retract if you drop your phone, so that way it is going to protect it.
ASUS have also said that this is good for over 200,000 flips, so that’s an average of 100 flips a day for five years. So this really shouldn’t be a problem.
The ZenFone 6 has been fine for me over the years so I’m confident that this is going to be absolutely fine as well.
Camera Performance of Zenfone 7 Pro
Now let’s talk about these cameras. So last year we just had a primary camera and an ultra wide camera. This year we have a primary, an ultra wide as well as a telephoto camera.
The primary camera is a 64 MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture. Now on the ZenFone 7 Pro this does have optical image stabilization. On the ZenFone 7, regular there is no OIS there is only EIS.
We then have an ultra wide camera which is 12 MP and it has around a 113 degree angle of view. This is not as wide as what we had on the ZenFone 6 which was around 125 degrees but we do have dual face detection autofocus on the ultra wide camera.
As well as the ability to take macro shots from the ultra wide camera at 12 MP. You can get right up and close with this same ultra wide camera.
And finally there is the 8 MP telephoto camera which is going to give you up to 3x optical zoom. And this also has optical image stabilization on the 7 Pro, not the 7.
Now for video we have up to 8K at 30 frames per second. What’s really interesting is that because we’re using the same cameras on the rear, as well as on the front, that does mean that you can get 8K video recording from the front facing cameras on the ZenFone 7 Pro.
And I believe this is the only smartphone where you can have front facing video at 8K. Not sure why you’d want to record 8K video for your face and highlight all the imperfections.
But hey, there’s also 4K adds up to 120 frames per second, 1080p add up to 240 frames per second, and 720p add up to 480 frames per second.
Once again these frame rates are all available not only for the rear, but also for the front.
So I can definitely see situations where maybe you want to mount the smartphone somewhere, but you still want to see it for framing purposes.
And you’ll still be able to get that high quality for the front facing shots, whether that’s images or video as you would do for the rear. I think that’s a big, big advantage for the ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro.
Performance of Zenfone 7 Pro
Now let’s talk about the internals. So the ZenFone 7 Pro is powered by the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset, up to 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
The ZenFone 7 is going to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 not the Plus. So it’s still going to be high up there in terms of performance, but it’s not going to be as high as the 7 Pro.
Once again, you do get UFS 3.1 storage, as well as LPDDR5 RAM, but you do get half the storage on the Zenfone 7, so it’s 128 GB and the RAM also starts at 6 GB.
Now that’s quite an upgrade compared to the ZenFone 6 which had the 855. And also for the RAM and the storage, the ZenFone 6 has UFS 2.1 storage as well as LPDDR4 RAM, so speed and performance, the ZenFone 7 Pro and the ZenFone 7 right up there with the competition.
As with the ZenFone 6, the 7 and 7 Pro do have a triple slot, so you can have two SIM cards active at the same time and also have a microSD card, so you can expand the storage.
Traditionally on many of the smartphones you either have to choose with one SIM card and one microSD card or two SIM cards, with the ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro, you can have all three which is really cool.
But one of the things that you don’t get on the ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro is a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. This is something that you did of course have on the ZenFone 6.
We do you have stereo speakers there is one on the earpiece and there is one bottom firing.
Battery and charging
For the battery we do once again have a massive 5000 mAh battery, this is the same size as the ZenFone 6 and if the ZenFone 6 is anything to go by, this is going to last you all day long, maybe even up to two days for some people that is a big, big battery.
But on the ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro this time you do get 30W charging, which is up from 18W on the ZenFone 6, so that’s about a 40% improvement.
You can get from 0% to 60% in around 34 minutes, or from 0% to 100% in around 93 minutes.
However, unfortunately there is no wireless charging. This is something that I wish the ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro did have but I guess because this has such a large battery we can let ASUS off a little bit.
There are lots of battery care features. We’ve got a custom charging limit so you can start charging out round 90% or 80%. The slow charging 2.0 which will limit the charge to around 10W for less battery wear and 34% lower temperature during charging.
And we’ve also got scheduled charging, so you can schedule your charge to go all the way just before you wake up, for instance.
All of these things are going to help with preserving the battery for a longer period of time. So if you are planning on keeping this for a few years, these battery care features are going to be very beneficial.
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro: Software
Now for the software we do have Android 10 with ZenUI 7 on top. I actually really liked ZenUI and it’s come quite a long way compared to what it used to be.
ASUS has really taken feedback on board and made it really clean and minimal. And this time we also have Game Genie, which is something that we find on the original phone, and this will display information such as your frame rate, your temperature when you are gaming.
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro price in India
And finally for pricing, the only information I’ve been given as yet is for the Taiwanese pricing so the ZenFone 7 Pro is going to be coming in TWD 27,990 ( around ₹ 71,000) and the ZenFone 7 is going to be coming in at around 22,000 (around ₹ 55,700).
As soon as I get Indian, UK and European pricing, I will update this article.
And to summarize the differences between the ZenFone 7 and the ZenFone 7 Pro, you’re getting the 865+, you’re getting more storage, more RAM. And you’re also getting OIS on the primary and the telephoto camera.
You’re getting EIS only on the ZenFone 7, so not a huge difference. I think it’s really going to come down to performance.
If you are somebody who is going to be gaming a lot and you do want the best of the best, then the ZenFone 7 Pro is probably going to be the better option.
And looking at the pricing compared to what the ZenFone 6 came in at these are coming in quite a bit higher. Will you be picking up the ASUS ZenFone 7 or 7 Pro or something other like Oneplus Nord?
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