[Update: Flip camera teaser, leaked specs] ASUS ZenFone 7 series launches next week on August 26th
Last year, ASUS launched the ZenFone 6, a flagship smartphone practically aimed at the Reddit and XDA crowd. It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, no notch or hole-punch thanks to a flip camera with a motorized swivel, a 5,000mAh battery, a wide-angle camera, and a clean version of Android in the form of ZenUI 6. Over a year later, ASUS is now preparing to launch the successor to the ZenFone 6, which will aptly be called the ZenFone 7. ASUS this week quietly put up a YouTube live stream event for the launch that will happen on August 26th.
What’s worth noting about this live stream event is that it’s for the Zenfone 7 Series, suggesting there will be more than one model announced this year.
As Android Authority points out, a database listing may have already spoiled a few of the ASUS Zenfone 7’s specs, including a 5,000mAh battery and 30W charging. Qualcomm already confirmed the ZenFone 7 will feature the Snapdragon 865, though it’s unclear if it’ll have the regular or the Plus variant. Other specs like the screen size, display technology, and camera may follow the trends of 2020. We don’t know what spec differences, if any, there will be between the device(s) in the new smartphone series.
What we also don’t know is how much the device will cost, which could be hefty given the high prices of other flagship smartphones we’ve seen this year. Last year’s Zenfone 6 was priced at $499, which was right in the ballpark of affordable, value-flagship smartphones at the time. 5G has made many flagships more expensive this year, so we’re hoping the ZenFone 7 doesn’t fall victim to this trend.
If you’re interested to learn more, the Zenfone 7 Series will be unveiled to the world on August 26 at 2:00 PM in Taipei (2:00 AM Eastern Time), so set a reminder on your calendar.
Update: Asus teases flipping camera, while specs leak
Asus’s latest teaser for the ZenFone 7 series uses the hashtag “#FlipYourWorld”, indicating that we might see a flip camera once again.
Separately, Roland Quandt of WinFuture.de has leaked a set of preliminary specifications and expected pricing of the ZenFone 7. According to them, the Asus ZenFone 7 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC and 5000mAh battery will cost €499 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant; while the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant will cost €549. If this pricing indeed turns out to be true, it would place the ZenFone 7 once again in the affordable flagship space, especially considering the fact that most Snapdragon 865 smartphones have been rather expensive so far.