Asus Zenfone 7 Pro review: A great phone if you can afford it (after the price bump)

Asus doubles down on its flipping camera module in the the Zenfone 7 Plus it gets 5G, a long-lasting battery, and an uninterrupted display.

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Plus it gets 5G, a long-lasting battery, and an uninterrupted display. 600"}’ section="annotation">Asus impressed with a flipping camera on its flagship Zenfone 6, the company is back with the Zenfone 7 Pro.

Asus Zenfone 7 Asus Zenfone 7 Pro Display size, resolution 6. 67-inch AMOLED; FHD 6. 67-inch AMOLED; FHD Dimensions (Inches) 6. 49 x 3. 04 x 0. 37 inches 6. 49 x 3. 04 x 0. 37 inches Dimensions (Millimeters) 165. 08 x 77. 28 x 9. 6 mm 165. 08 x 77. 28 x 9. 6 mm Weight (Ounces, Grams) 8. 11 oz; 230g 8.

Although the Zenfone 7 Pro comes with improved features like Qualcomm’s most advanced chipset and a better flip camera, you aren’t getting the value for money that made the Zenfone 6 such an excellent purchase.

Since the flip camera influences many parts of the Zenfone 7 Pro’s aesthetic, it’s difficult to talk about design without first addressing its most distinctive physical feature.

Asus prides itself on the "unbeatable endurance" of its Zenfone batteries, so I was looking forward to experiencing its seemingly endless battery life and it didn’t disappoint.

What really stood out was the degree of customization Asus provided in terms of battery-care features and charging.   One new feature is the option to enable always slow charging, which the company says helps preserve battery capacity in the long run.

Asus doubles down on its flipping camera module in the the Zenfone 7 Pro.

The higher-end Zenfone 7 Pro (the phone I received for review) costs approximately $960 (or ~ £714, AU $1,290) when converted from euros, whereas the Zenfone 7 starts at around $840 (~£625, AU$1,130).

For the Zenfone 7 phones, Asus upgraded the flip-cameras’s motor from the Zenfone 6, to one that it says is smoother, more durable and more versatile due to the addition of a new angle sensor.

Like the Zenfone 6, Asus decided to stick with a massive 5,000-mAh battery for the Zenfone 7 series.

With these updated features, Asus bumped up prices significantly from the $499 Zenfone 6 to levels that are tough to justify.

Apart from the avant-garde flip camera setup, the sheer size and weight of the Zenfone 7 Pro was the next thing I noticed about it.

Asus added a third telephoto lens to the Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro (pictured here).

The Zenfone 7 Pro features a 6. 67-inch AMOLED display with speedy 90Hz refresh rates.

For its part, Asus has added an auto-retract protection feature to its flip camera, which can sense when the handset is in a freefall.

If you’re dead-set on owning a flip-camera phone, then I’d recommend going for the more affordable Zenfone 7.

The camera unit is composed of three lenses that flip from back to front over the top of the phone (and vice versa) with a click of a button.

Because of this, Asus eliminated the front camera altogether and as a result delivered a completely uninterrupted display, free of any notches or cut-outs that would typically house a lens.

At the heart of the Zenfone 7 Pro is the new Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, which is supposed to be 10% faster than the 865 processor found on most premium Android phones.

Alongside the 7 Pro, Asus launched a base variant called the Zenfone 7.

Also, when I continuously played an HD video on Airplane mode for battery tests, the phone lasted for more than 15 hours at 50% brightness.

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