ASUS ZenFone 7 series debuts with triple flip camera and more

ASUS announced today its latest smartphone, the Zenfone 7 series. The device succeeds last year's Zenfone 6, and like its predecessor, the new-generation handset's main selling factor is its flip camera, although it now adds a third lens.

The new phone series comprises two models: the cheaper Zenfone 7 and the higher-end 7 Pro. The devices sport a 6.67-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 1080 x 2400 resolution. Both models will be available starting on September 1 worldwide, with the global prices set to be announced next week (via GSMArena).

The phones use Pixelworks' technology such as its accurate color calibration and DC dimming capability that minimizes flicker in low-light environments, Pixelworks announced today. The Pro version is powered by a Snapdragon 865+ chipset while the non-Pro variant has the regular Snapdragon 865 SoC. This is paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage for the Pro version. Meanwhile, its less pricey sibling ships with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

The Zenfone 7 series also improves on the camera side from its predecessor. It has added an 80mm telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and optical image stabilization for the 7 Pro. This is in addition to the camera's 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor and a 12MP ultrawide-angle camera that doubles as a macro lens. The main camera supports 8K video recording at 30fps. In selfie mode, the camera can also record 8K at 30fps and 4K at 120fps.

Both phones pack a 5,000mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging, which can get you 60% of battery life on a 34-minute charge from 0%. The handsets also feature a side-mounted fingerprint reader, although the 3.5 mm headphone jack is absent. The devices have a series 6000 aluminum body with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and Gorilla Glass 3 on the back.

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