The Asus Zenfone 7 is just a few days away from its official launch, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to say it’s one of the most eagerly-anticipated devices of the year. But what can you expect to see this time around? While Asus has confirmed the device’s launch date, it hasn’t let much else out of the bag.
Below, you’ll find everything we know about the Asus Zenfone 7 thus far. Be sure to bookmark this page and return often ahead of the phone’s launch next week.
Asus Zenfone 7: Design
Asus was never a company to use the word “conservative” in its product design office, so expect the Zenfone 7 to pack some key differentiators.
To that end, Asus Deutschland on August 18 tweeted a brief rendered loop of the device’s display. Notably, there’s no apparent notch or punch-hole selfie camera in view.
— ASUS Deutschland (@asusde) August 18, 2020
The loop, captioned by “Flip deine welt” or “Flip your world,” suggests that the Zenfone 6‘s flip-up camera could make a return. The company has yet to show off the device’s rear, so we can’t confirm this just yet.
Specs and features
According to a series of tweets on August 18 by WinFuture writer Roland Quandt, the device will arrive in at least two RAM and storage configurations. There’ll reportedly be an option with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, while another will sport 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. Both may feature a 5,000mAh battery, the same capacity as the Zenfone 6.
499 for the 6/128 variant.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) August 18, 2020
On August 19, tipster Abhishek Yadav posted a list of specs reportedly garnered from the ROG Phone 3’s kernel source by Meizu enthusiast blog Reameizu. Based on this info, Zenfone 7 will reportedly feature a 6.4-inch LCD display with a 60Hz refresh rate, and three cameras on its flip camera array headlined by a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor.
New info (via DealnTech) surfaced on August 20 which referred to the two device variations as the Zenfone 7 and the Zenfone 7 Pro. The latter, based on information garnered from a spare parts listing, will allegedly employ the Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset. The standard Zenfone 7 may settle for the Snapdragon 865. The publication also believes both devices will feature a 5,000mAh battery, corroborating Quandt’s report.
Asus Zenfone 7: Price and availability
As for price, Quandt quotes some reasonable figures for Europe. The journalist quoted a price tag of €499 (~$590) for the 6GB/128GB model, with the 8GB/256GB model coming in at €549 (~$650). That’s about par for the course when compared to the Zenfone 6’s pricing.
Notably, the Zenfone 7’s stockier model could come in cheaper than the Zenfone 6’s 8GB/256GB variant by €50 (~$59) if Quandt’s figures are to be believed.
The Zenfone 7 will launch on August 26 at 2PM local time (6AM GMT, 2AM ET). You can watch the launch here.
Asus Zenfone 7: What we want to see
Keep the flipping camera mechanism
The Zenfone 6’s flip camera setup was one of the coolest features of last year, allowing you to use the 48MP+13MP ultra-wide cameras as both the primary and selfie shooters. The mechanism was motorized too, allowing you to take panoramas without moving the device.
We’d love to see this feature return on the Asus Zenfone 7, along with the addition of a telephoto camera. The new camera would obviously be used for shooting other subjects rather than for selfies. One major challenge with this camera mechanism is water-resistance, but hopefully the firm is able to implement splash resistance instead.
The Asus Zenfone 6 offered a massive 5,000mAh battery, making for one of the biggest batteries we’ve seen in a smartphone this year. Our own testing revealed that the phone could’ve done a little better in terms of endurance though, but it still delivered good battery life for a flagship.
Probably the biggest disappointment in this regard was its charging speed though, taking over two hours to hit 100% via its 18W charging solution. This decision was even more perplexing after Asus released the ROG Phone 2 a couple of months later, packing a bigger battery (6,000mAh) and faster 30W charging. So the second item on our Asus Zenfone 7 wishlist is 30W charging or an even faster solution.
Another compromise made by the Asus Zenfone 6 was the decision to go with an LCD screen in lieu of an OLED panel. That means you missed out on better power efficiency and deeper blacks. It didn’t help matters that we thought the Zenfone 6’s screen could’ve been much brighter.
Hopefully the Asus Zenfone 7 delivers an OLED display then, falling in line with the Redmi K20 series, OnePlus phones, and other affordable flagships. A higher refresh rate would be a welcome bonus, offering a smoother experience on paper.
An OLED screen would also allow Asus to adopt in-display fingerprint technology, but we wouldn’t mind a rear fingerprint scanner anyway.
Stick to an affordable price
Probably the biggest Zenfone 6 drawcard was its $499 price tag, making it comparable to other affordable high-end devices. This meant you could get two Zenfone devices for the price of a traditional premium flagship.
An affordable price tag is one of the top entries on our Asus Zenfone 7 wishlist then, be it at $499 or thereabouts. Then again, I wouldn’t mind a slightly more expensive price tag if they implement an OLED screen, higher refresh rate, and some measure of water resistance. It could even go the other way in theory, with the company offering a slightly cheaper price tag and only minor upgrades (e.g. chipset and software).
Keep the headphone jack
The Asus Zenfone 6 was one of a few high-end phones to retain the 3.5mm port in 2019, joining the likes of the Galaxy S10 series, Redmi K20 Pro, and Realme X2 Pro. Unfortunately, loads of phones have dropped the standard in the last 12 months, including Samsung’s flagships.
Here’s to the Zenfone 7 retaining the headphone port, allowing you to listen to music via legacy accessories or with the aid of an aux cable. It’s also ideal if you’re like me and don’t want to deal with yet another device in need of charging (Bluetooth accessories).
Speaking of retained features, we’d definitely like to see the older phone’s customizable shortcut button on the new phone. This way, your favorite apps and features are a button-press away.
It’s all well and good releasing a quality smartphone, but what’s the point if buying the device is a challenge? This was certainly the case for the Zenfone 6. The phone was announced in May 2019, but was only released in the US in August.
The 2019 phone also made its way to the likes of Europe and India, but expanding to other markets (e.g. Middle East and Africa, and Australia) would be a welcome move too. A carrier deal (in the US and other markets) could also help make the device more accessible to people.
That’s our Asus Zenfone 7 rumor hub and wishlist, but what would you like to see from the device? Give your wishlist in the comments.