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Asus ZenFone 7 Pro Review: the best smartphone for selfies

Asus has decided to maintain its strategy on the new ZenFone 7 Pro compared to its predecessor. It is a device with a flip camera (rotating camera), which ensures that those are probably the best selfies in the mobile industry.

This solution also assures you of a screen without any interruptions, which this time makes the leap to an OLED panel at 90Hz. Its software, an almost pure Android, together with the Snapdragon 865+ gives you performance that won’t “let you down”. And the 5000 mAh battery is the best for those who want to walk away from the charger (included in the box).

No equipment is perfect, and this design comes with compromises. The mechanism and battery make it a heavy smartphone (230 grams). Although you have versatility here, the cameras are not the best the market has to offer. Not to mention that although it costs 799 €, it does not offer wireless charging or any IP certification.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

Advantages of the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

  • 90Hz OLED screen without any interruptions and with great fluidity
  • Flip Camera (rotating camera) that gives versatility and quality for selfies and vlogging
  • Very clean software (almost Android pure and with little bloatware)
  • 5000 mAh battery for one day of intensive use or two days of regular use

Disadvantages of the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

  • Overall camera quality is not up to the best on the market
  • Lack of wireless charging
  • It’s quite heavy equipment
  • Does not offer certification (against water and dust) present in other competitors

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro first impressions

It is often said that the first impression is what counts. And the first time I took the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro out of the box, I saw an imposing device. Its screen without any interruption is something that stands out immediately, as well as the fact that its three rear cameras can be used as front cameras.

In the box you will also find your charging cable, as well as the charger that allows you to charge it up to 30W. It is also important to note that Asus includes two protective covers (one transparent and one black) in the box. And the “Aurora Black” color of the terminal is quite pleasant to look at.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

As soon as you enter the smartphone startup process, it is indeed a pleasure to start using it due to its screen and performance. In addition to there being no interruption of a notch or hole, the 90Hz provides great fluidity. In addition, the Snapdragon 865+ combined with 8 GB of RAM makes it just fly. On the storage side, 256 GB UFS 3.1 also promise to be more than enough.

The ZenFone 7 Pro screen is fantastic

You may not even have a screen with the best contrast or brightness on the market here, but it can be said that Asus did an excellent job. The leap to OLED with 90Hz in its new top of the range has been made, allowing you to have a high quality browsing, multimedia consumption or gaming experience.

First of all, 90Hz makes a difference whether you scroll through menus or social media, or in games that support them. In my case, I notice an experience in Pokémon GO that gives pleasure when opening or closing things in the game, or performing actions such as battles.

You can choose between 60Hz and 90Hz in the settings, or simply set it to “automatic” and let the equipment act dynamically. This way he will choose the update frequency depending on what you are doing on the equipment to save you battery.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

Now with an OLED panel, here you have a video consumption experience that makes all the difference. There is a reinforcement in blacks, and notes a significant contrast, for example, watching a good series on Netflix. This screen also has HDR10 + and up to 700 nits of brightness.

We do not have a 3.5mm jack input here, but the quality stereo speakers are welcomed. Although the superior produces less sound, both provide quite satisfactory audio to consume content.

Rotating camera (flip camera) is versatile, but has room for progression

This is a device that has a main camera of 64MP, aperture f / 1.8 and optical image stabilization. Supporting it is a 12MP wide angle, with 113º f / 2.2 aperture and an 8MP telephoto lens with f / 2.4 aperture capable of 3x optical zoom.

Thanks to its mechanism (tested to last up to 200 thousand rotations), you can have this same configuration for using selfies or vlogging. You should keep in mind that using 64MP resolution makes you lose HDR.

This is a device that costs 799 € in UK, and don’t expect cameras at the level of the best in the market. With good light you will get results of a very high quality for your price range, both in the main camera and in the wide angle.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro
Photo taken with the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro main camera. See original quality here

You can count on good stabilization, and a good autofocus. However, in some photographs you may notice some noise, and the truth is that in low light it does not “shine”.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro
Photo taken with the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro main camera. See original quality here

The telephoto lens is very welcome and its 3x optical zoom is satisfactory. But you easily notice the noise, if you approach the image. Regarding the video, you also have a very interesting package here.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro
Photos taken with the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro. From left to right: wide angle, main, 3x zoom and 12x zoom. See the original quality here

It is good to note that the stabilization is of high quality even when using the equipment with one hand. You can record up to 8K at 30fps, 4K at 120fps, 1080p at 240fps, and 720p 480fps.

As I show you in the example above captured in 1080p at 30fps, you get interesting colors and some detail. And of course, as you can have the same configuration from the front, for vlogging this is a very interesting device.

Please note that the rotating camera can be controlled while you are using it using the volume buttons. This means that if you want to rotate it slightly to create an effect or follow the subject, just handle those buttons.

The subject of the chambers reigns over this mechanism. I didn’t feel that I had any problems or weaknesses, but there it is, the equipment was treated with the utmost care. And if you’re in “selfie” mode, as soon as you feel like you’re going to fall, the camera immediately retracts as you would expect. In addition, the included black cover has a button so you can “lock” the mechanism if you wish.

If you are a person of selfies and vlogging, this is where this terminal will truly shine. You will get very detailed selfies (even more for those with wrinkles), and the captured video is also of great quality and in Pro mode you can go even more into detail.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro
Photo captured with the wide angle of the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro. See the original quality here

Top performance and clean software on the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

In performance there is little to say about this terminal. As I mentioned, the processor speaks for itself – it’s the Snapdragon 865+, the best you can find in the Android realm. When you add 8GB of RAM and 90Hz fluidity, the experience is top notch.

Also, I just loved this interface that almost looks like pure Android. And although we have very little branded bloatware here, Facebook, Instagram and Netflix arrive pre-installed. However, you can uninstall them if you want.

There are details that make the difference, and Asus has a very interesting battery maintenance mode in Settings. As you can see in the image below, you can choose to charge at a slow pace to protect the battery, schedule charging, or select a charging limit, for example, 80%.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro
Battery maintenance for Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

Drums are the best you’ll find on the market. But wireless charging is missing

This can be a big and heavy piece of equipment, but you won’t have battery problems. They are 5000 mAh, which allow you to easily reach the end of the day with a very intensive use. If you are a regular user, the battery will last you between one and a half to two days.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro
Asus ZenFone 7 Pro charger included in the box

Final notes on the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

Having a rotating chamber comes with commitments. The quality of your cameras is not, as I mentioned, at the level of the best on the market. I am talking about devices like the iPhone 12 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, although these are substantially more expensive.

In addition, this mechanism will be one of the reasons why the brand cannot place an IP68 certification here that protects it against water and dust. Of course, anyone who buys such equipment will always have to be extra careful if they are like me and are afraid of damaging or letting in dirt that could damage the mechanism.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

The fact that it is large (6.67 inches) and heavy (230g), can be a problem for some. It was not so for me, because the return is an autonomy that I cannot have in other equipment that I use.

Wireless charging is also not an issue for many users. But honestly, for 799 €, it seems to me that it was time for Asus to put this technology here in practice (even if it sacrificed speed).

Although you have an OLED screen here, something I noticed immediately is that you don’t have the biometric sensor built into the screen. Asus chose to put it on the on / off button, and honestly, I’m glad it did. I found it more accurate than in the experiences I have had using it on the screen.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

I am not an enthusiast of high update rates. But the truth is that 90Hz seems to me a good “sweet spot”, which ends up not pinching autonomy (at least in this case). And being a fan of pure Android, it was good to see the good path that Asus is following in this direction.

The cameras are versatile, and being able to have similar quality at the frontal level is something that appeals to many users. But don’t expect these to be “shark” cameras on the market.

Who is the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro for?

First of all, it is for someone who is willing to deal with this flip camera mechanism. This allows you to enjoy great selfies, and the potential for vlogging in any conditions.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

It is also for those who like pure Android, and do not want a Pixel or a OnePlus. Here you receive a very fluid equipment, which simply flies in any task that is thrown at you.

It is also a terminal for those who don’t want to worry about the battery. There are 5000mAh for a full day of intensive use, and it charges at 60% in about 35 minutes (with the included 30W charger).

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro specifications

  • 6.67 “inch AMOLED screen, Full HD + resolution
  • 90Hz refresh rate, 700nits brightness and 200Hz touch-sampling
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor
  • 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 256 GB of internal memory (UFS 3.1) expandable via microSDXC
  • Triple flip camera:
  • 64MP (Sony IMX686 with optical image stabilization)
  • 12MP (Sony IMX363 with ultrawide lens)
  • 8MP (telephoto, 3x optical zoom)
  • Fingerprint reader on the side
  • 5,000 mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging
  • Android 10, ZenUI 7
  • Weight of 230 grams
  • Prepared for the 5G network standard

If you are interested in the ZenFone 7 Pro, you can purchase it from the official Asus website. It should be noted that this equipment was kindly provided by the brand, and that you can consult the photos taken with the equipment here without loss of quality.

Design Choices

8

Build quality

8

Screen

9

Performance

9

Interface / UI

8.5

Chamber

7.5

Drums

9

Quality / Price

7.5

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

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