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Android: ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro review: The best selfies on Android


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Flipping fantastic

ASUS’s second-gen flip camera makes for a great all-rounder — and the best selfie shooter you can buy.

If you’re cynically-mined like me, it was pretty easy to dismiss last year’s ASUS ZenFone 6 as a gimmick. A motorized, flippable camera module might seem over-engineered and unnecessary next to rivals that adopted a more conventional approach to selfies. Plus, the cameras themselves were a step behind some of the best Android phones under $800, missing features like OIS (optical image stabilization) and telephoto zoom.

Its successor, the ZenFone 7 Pro, is just as different as its predecessor was, with the same tentpole feature in the form of rear cameras that rotate to pull double-duty as a selfie shooter. It’s the execution of the things that makes the ZenFone unique that’s improved so much this time around.

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In addition to offering a big battery, clean Android software, and a unique take on smartphone photography, the cameras themselves are dramatically improved. And with these improvements, the central idea of the ZenFone 7 Pro makes a whole lot more sense. Combine all this with a price point that brings some heat to the likes of OnePlus, and you’ve got one of the most interesting Android phones of the year.

ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro

The Good

  • Versatile triple camera setup
  • The flip camera is game-changing for selfies
  • Slick 90Hz display with fast performance
  • Clean Android software with useful additions
  • Strong battery life

The Bad

  • No water resistance
  • No wireless charging
  • Chunky, heavy design

Android: ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro Hardware and design

Android: Asus Zenfone 7 Pro Review

Source: Alex Dobie / Android Central

Externally, the ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro is a refinement of last year’s ZenFone 6 — the major design characteristics of that phone haven’t changed a whole lot. This remains a big, chunky, and fairly heavy phone that makes some rivals feel almost insubstantial. The metal sidewalls, curved back, and chamfered borders channel the design language of the ROG Phone 3 — one of the few handsets that make the ZenFone seem diminutive by comparison.

The phone comes in either black or white, each of which has a slight pearlescent effect to its glossy glass rear, which, in my black model, makes it feel a little less monolithic.

The ZenFone 7 Pro is big and chunky, but necessarily so.

A big reason for the ZenFone’s hefty proportions is the flip camera module that you’ll usually find tucked into the back of the chassis. When docked, it’s able to masquerade as a regular triple-camera module. But when it springs to life, the motor flips all three around to point at your face. Ideal for selfies, but a little goofy looking if you’re recording an Instagram story or sitting in on a Zoom call. (I’ll take occasional goofiness over a hole-punch or notch, for what it’s worth.)

In fact, my biggest pet peeve with the flip camera is how much dust and lint it tends to attract — an inevitable consequence of the way it’s built. The dust it attracts never got in the way of photos but did end up looking a little unsightly when first removed from a pocket.

Android: Asus Zenfone 7 Pro Review

Source: Alex Dobie / Android Central

Around the front, you’ll immediately notice one of the major benefits of the flip camera, even when you’re not taking photos. The 6.67-inch 90Hz Full HD+ display is unblemished by neither hole-punch nor notch, with the symmetry of the display broken only by a slight “chin” area down below. Like the ZenFone 6, the new model packs an impressive 92% screen-to-body ratio, though with a larger display diagonal.

The screen itself is also much improved compared to last year. For starters, it’s an AMOLED panel, which enables features like Ambient Display, and reduces power consumption with darker colors. Daylight visibility is also much improved, and the bump up to a 90Hz refresh rate is a welcome upgrade. It’s not as fast (on paper) as the many 120Hz flagships out there, but in day-to-day use, you’re not going to notice the difference.

I’m not sure if I’d rank it as highly as the Oppo Find X2 Pro or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but I’ve had no complaints in day-to-day use — and after all, this isn’t a €1000 phone.

Although you might expect one in a phone at this price point, there’s no in-screen fingerprint sensor in the new ZenFone. Instead, the capacitive fingerprint scanner is now built into the power button on the side of the device. That was a source of concern for me at first, but I’ve found it works far more reliably than the frustrating side-mounted sensor of the Sony Xperia 1 II. Although the sensor is slim, neither speed nor accuracy have been a problem.

Android: Asus Zenfone 7 Pro Review

Source: Alex Dobie / Android Central

ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro Specs

Category Features
Display 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED all-screen display, 92% screen-to-body ratio, 20:9 aspect ratio, 90Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, 200Hz touch sampling rate, 110% DCI-P3 color space, Delta E<1 color accuracy
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 5G

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