The Asus ZenFone 6 was one of the most unique and affordable flagships available in 2019, sporting a flip camera module that allowed users to access the high-quality rear-facing cameras when taking selfies, and negated the need for a front-facing camera – either in the form of a notch or hole-punch, both of which would obscure the display of the phone.
The ZenFone 7 is set to continue the trend in 2020, but when will it be announced? And what will it feature? We round up all the latest ZenFone 7 rumours right here, from announcement timings to expected pricing and leaked features.
When will the Asus ZenFone 7 be announced?
The biggest question mark right now is surrounding the Asus ZenFone 7 announcement and eventual release. While there are no rumours to go by, we can look at previous releases to make an informed prediction as, much like many other smartphone manufacturers, Asus tends to keep to a yearly cycle that rarely deviates.
When it comes to the ZenFone range, Asus tends to opt for a May announcement; it announced the ZenFone 6 in May 2019, and the ZenFone 5Z in May 2018. While the 5Z wasn’t released until months later in August 2018, the ZenFone 6 was made available within days of announcement, and we’re hoping for a similar story this year.
With that being said, we’re confident that Asus will officially unveil the ZenFone 7 at an event in May 2020, with release to follow in the coming weeks. For more on upcoming smartphones, take a look at the best new phones coming in 2020.
How much will the Asus ZenFone 7 cost?
Asus impressed consumers by keeping the price of 2018’s flagship ZenFone 6 in-line with that of the previous generation ZenFone 5Z, but, as confirmed by Asus during an investors conference in Taipei, that trend will likely end with the upcoming Asus ZenFone 7.
As first reported by rumour site ZenFone.org, executives were quizzed about the upcoming ZenFone during a Q&A session at the company’s latest Investors Conference. There was a particular focus on whether the ZenFone 7 will ship with 5G, the latest connectivity standard expected to feature in many flagship smartphones in 2020, and surprisingly, execs shed some light on the situation.
Asus execs allegedly confirmed that the ZenFone 7 will ship with 5G, but with the caveat that it’ll be more expensive than the ZenFones before it. No exact prices were confirmed during the conference, but with the phrase “significantly higher” thrown around, we’re expecting more of a premium this time around.
If true, we could see the price of the ZenFone 7 jump right up from £499/$499 of the ZenFone 6 to flagship-level prices. Take the Samsung Galaxy S10 for example; at the time of writing, you can buy the standard model for £699 in the UK, while the S10 + 5G model costs £949, a whole £250 more.
Of course, there is also the increase in storage to consider (128GB vs 256GB) but it does give us an indication at the premium 5G connectivity brings.
With confirmation that the ZenFone 7 will be more expensive, we estimate that it could cost around £650/$650, but we’ll update this section with any more pricing-related news as soon as we hear it.
Asus ZenFone 7 features and spec rumours
So, what will the ZenFone 7 feature? We already know that it’s likely, if not confirmed, that the ZenFone 7 will sport 5G connectivity, and another leak suggests that Asus may finally be ready to introduce wireless charging to the ZenFone range.
The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), as the name suggests, is a collaborative wireless standard development group with more than 500 member companies around the world. It’s essentially the go-to for the wireless charging standard, and the website lists all certified wireless chargers currently available around the world.
While the list is populated with many of the key players in the wireless charging industry, including Mophie and Belkin, Asus-branded wireless chargers have made an appearance despite no current smartphone supporting the wireless charging standard. The chargers support a maximum of 15W, and unless Asus is planning to get into the accessory market, we imagine these will be official accessories of the ZenFone 7 and any other wireless-charging-enabled smartphone due on the market in 2020.
Wireless charging-aside, it’s likely that the ZenFone 7 will see an upgrade to 2020 flagship internals, including the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (partly to accommodate 5G connectivity) alongside a boosted 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but these are our predictions rather than leaks.
We’re also hopeful of the return of the flipping camera module, giving users access to high-quality rear-cameras on the front of the device when required. The feature was unique compared to other 2019 flagships, and let’s be honest, it made for a pretty cool party trick too.