Review of the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro - The flipping Camera one
In a sea of uninteresting black slabs that are modern phones, Asus can’t be said to be trying to blend in with the crowd with their latest ZenFone 7 Pro. Yes, initially you might think it’s just another boring phone, but once you get using it you’ll soon see that it has some unique features that set it apart from the rest of the bunch out there
Yes, upon initial inspection you might thing the Asus ZenFone 7 Pro has nothing special or unique about it, but once you start using it and using the camera setup, you soon realise that there is something new here, but first lets start with the basics.
The ZenFone 7 Pro has a 6.67inch, 90hz AMOLED screen on the front and it’s as good as the rest of the 90hz AMOLED Screens out there. Around the right of the phone you have the power button with built in fingerprint reader (which I love. Sony used to do these all the time and they just make sense). Above that you have the standard volume rocker. Other than the sim tray on the left and the standard USBC and Speaker port down the bottom, there’s not much else to note about the phone until you go around the back.
The back of the phone is where things get a bit more interesting. The colour is really nice. An aqua / teal colour that I felt looked really well. At the top there is the camera model. It’s positioned horizontally, which in itself is a bit unusual with the trends in phones these days, and that’s what makes this phone so unique (i’ll get onto that in a moment).
Finally, when it comes to design, there are 2 cases included in the box with the ZenFone 7 Pro. A clear, silicone like one and hard black plastic one. It’s nice to see phone manufacturers including cases in with their phones as with some of these phones it can be hard to find cases for them when they launch.
Memory and Internals
The Asus ZenFone 7 Pro is like most other flagships on the market in 2020. It is powered by the Snapdragon 865plus chipset and includes 5g (not mmWave 5g, but we don’t have that here in Ireland anyway). It also comes with 8gb of RAM and a whopping 256gb of UFS 3.1 internal storage with room for an expansion card.
The ZenFone 7 Pro is also dual sim, another nice thing to see more and more manufactures including in their phones these days.
Obviously, with those specs you’re not going to have any issues playing games or storing thousands and thousands of photos, so with the ZenFone 7 Pro, you get a phone that should last you a good few years into the future.
This is what we’re all here for, the camera setup. The actual camera modules themselves are nothing to write home about. There are 3 cameras, a 64mp main camera sensor, an 8mp telephoto lens that’s the equivalent to a 3x zoom and a 12mp, 113’ ultra wide camera. Again nothing super unique about them, but they take decent photos and are pretty reliable.
It’s when you get to the front and realise there’s no selfie cameras that this phone comes to life. At a press of the button, the entire camera module flips up to become the selfie cameras. So now you can use the high quality cameras on the back to take those all important selfies or TikTok videos. And it does make a difference when you’re using the main cameras over a selfie camera that’s been squashed in.
And that’s only half of the ZenFone 7 Pro’s party piece. With that rotating camera module, you can actually rotate it to any angle, so for example, say you wanted to do one of those TikTok challenges and had nowhere to try and put your phone to capture it, with the ZenFone 7 Pro, can you put the phone down and set the camera angle to frame you wherever you are, kinda like having a built in tripod of sorts.
This also lets you take more creative shots, if you set the camera out at a 90’ angle, you can get right down to the floor level and get some great tracking shots along the floor or in tighter spaces.
We can great phone coming up with was to take photos that took full advantage of this unique camera setup and we’re sure you will as well
Battery and Other Features
Asus don’t skimp on their batteries and with the ZenFone 7 Pro you get a massive 5000mAh battery built in. This was easily enough to get us through the most heavy use days we had with our time with the ZenFone 7 Pro and most of the time we had juice left over.
In the box there’s also a 30w fast charger that can get you from 0 – 100% in about 90 mins (or to 60% in about 30 mins). These fast chargers change the way you use your phone as you can plug it in at any time to get that topup needed to see you through the rest of the day if you’ve forgotten to charge it any night.
We’ve enjoyed our time with the ZenFone 7 Pro. It’s performed well, battery lasted all day and the unique movable camera module made using the camera fun again and made us use it in ways we couldn’t with other phones.
The ZenFone 7 Pro is available now from most major retailers and the likes of DID have it on sale for 799euro at the moment (26th Nov 2020).