Zenfone 7 and iPhone 12 Pro were launched in 2020 as less expensive versions between the ASUS and Apple line tops. Despite being flagship cell phones from the same era, the two are very different devices in most aspects and does the Taiwanese beat the American in this duel?
This is what you can see now in this comparison of tudocelular.com. Just by looking at the two smartphones you can already see that their proposal is quite different. Starting from the front, Asus kept the design without notch for less distractions, on the other hand,
Apple followed the opposite path and maintained the already outdated giant rectangular notch on the latest iPhone. At least, the Cupertino giant has improved some other features – one of them is the reinforced Ceramic Shield glass, while the other brings the IP68 certification that promises to resist 6 meters of submerged depth, something well beyond what Android phones guarantee.
Asus is committed to increasing the size of its predecessor and introducing more expensive technologies. A clear example of this is the addition of lateral biometrics. It is not yet this time that the company adopted the fingerprint reader under the screen but it has already shown an evolution in that.
The apple kept Face ID as the main security solution. The iPhone 12 Pro also doesn’t offer a double slot or support for storage expansion. The Zenfone 7 accepts two carrier chips combined with a Micro SD card for memory expansion.
The Taiwanese device brings more evolutions in the visual, while Apple’s came with more construction consistency. We then give a draw initially, with one point for each. Asus decided to join Super AMOLED for this generation and generated an increase.
in the frontal use for the display to grow without having to increase the size of the device more – on the other hand, Apple decided to implement an OLED screen the same size as the cheaper iPhone in the 12 Pro, only here there is more brightness.
If on one side there is the Zenfone with a satisfactory HDR and colors balanced right in the default configuration on the other is the iPhone with support for hdr10 and Dolby Vision, to improve the displayed content, however, Apple was conservative in the update rate and remained in the 60 Hz, different from the Taiwanese manufacturer that preferred to go to 90 Hz on its panel with the intention of giving more fluidity to the images.
The Super AMOLED combined with the 90 Hz rate and larger size make the Zenfone stand out. Here we have stereo sound on both sides, but don’t think that just that is enough to have a high quality sound. In the case of Zenfone, the call speaker ends up outputting a weaker audio than the lower one next to the USB port.
The result is a more unbalanced sound, something that does not happen on the Apple model. Speaking of which, the iPhone 12 Pro achieved a good balance between bass, mids and treble, in addition to slightly overcoming the sound power we saw in the predecessor.
Neither cell phone delivers a headset in the box, nor an adapter for P2 – this means that the user will need to chase a Bluetooth accessory or compatible with the cell phone connector if they want to listen to their music more privately. This is an easy point for the iPhone. and This is a clash between an Android versus an iOS. On the first side, Asus still maintains its top of the line on Android in version 10, while the 12 is already in tests.
Overall, Zen UI’s interface is almost unmodified and delivers good performance even though it is not one of the most fluid available on the market. One of its highlights is the so-called Smart Key, a key now integrated with the configurable power button to open any application or perform a task by double-tapping or holding it for a while.
On the other side is the iPhone 12 Pro, which has already arrived with iOS14. In addition to the experience with excellent performance and satisfactory fluidity, the highlight of this line is the LiDAR sensor. It has the main function of measuring distances by means of lasers.
You can combine it with augmented reality, for example, to know the space that an object occupies. Besides, it makes the focus more agile when taking pictures. IOS beats Android and puts the iPhone in front of the scoreboard. Over time we always see that it is a great job for an Android phone to surpass iOS in performance and it was no different here.
The iPhone 12 Pro took the best in our speed test and opened all applications in a total time of 37 seconds, approximately 20 times faster than the rival. The negative highlight for the longer delay is multitasking, which is now more time consuming than before.
It is good to remember that, as a device from 2020, the Zenfone 7 comes equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 platform and not the latest Snapdragon 888. Apple has already debuted the A14 Bionic chip and since then has not made available a successor to the their smartphones.
In the benchmarks, the advantage remains very wide for the iPhone, but the main focus here is on GPU gauges. In AnTuTu, for example, there were more than 630 thousand points with an advantage over the Asus model of more than 40 thousand points.
In games the two top of the line meet the expectations and run all titles without choking or crashing but here there is the advantage of Zenfone 7 for having a screen with a higher refresh rate. Not that it will work in all games, but the list grows frequently and already means an improved experience.
As it is faster in our tests, the iPhone 12 Pro takes one more point. We got to where the iPhone’s weak point lives -Apple reduced the battery size for the current generation with the goal of making the phone thinner. The result was a considerable cut in autonomy.
On the other hand, Asus has maintained the same 5,000 mAh as before on the Zenfone 7 but impresses by delivering a considerable life even with 90 Hz of screen. This has had a usage time of more than 24 hours while the iPhone has not gone past 14.
If there is this absurd difference, the 12 Pro should load faster, right? Wrong! The two took practically the same time to recharge and manage to fill the battery completely in almost a 1:40. Asus also left the 30-watt plug adapter in the box, while Apple, you already know.
Well, taking into account that the autonomy has a big difference without affecting the time connected to the outlet, in addition to the presence of the charger, we are going to double the Zenfone. There are 3 rear cameras for both sides. The composition is also the same: a main sensor, an ultra-wide and a telephoto.
Asus surprised with top-of-the-line quality in the photos with the primary lens. The images deliver lots of details and vibrant colors without the yellowish hue of iPhones and speaking of them, the 12 Pro manages to maintain low noise, sharpness balance and good white balance but cannot handle background objects very well.
In the ultra-wide camera, the two do a good job except that the Zenfone sins more because it does not have such an efficient HDR which results in darker images than the iPhone. Even so, it is worth noting that this secondary lens from Asus also manages to do the macro function.
The telephoto lens has better performance on the iPhone. This delivers optical zoom, although somewhat limited, which helps to give excellent records. The Zenfone also does not disappoint during the day, while at night it suffers with images with little light capture. The first point of cameras goes to the iPhone, for having general image quality in all sensors.
It cannot be denied that both stand out a lot in videos – on one side are the 8K capture and the clearest footage already on the other, features like HDR Dolby Vision recordings, great stabilization, agile focus and clean image capture. Apple did not support 8K on smartphones but sought to mitigate with these extra features that may be more interesting to users.
For better quality videos, the point goes to the iPhone. Here is the highlight of the Zenfone 7 – the rotating camera allows the same triple rear set to be used for selfies this results in good selfies during the day and an ultra-wide option to fit more people, in addition to 8K front videos but you don’t say that Apple does not do a good job here.
It uses the 3D sensor to help blur and deliver photos with lots of details, contrast in measure and HDR less aggressive than Android rivals, despite continuing with yellowish tone in this mode as well. With a more complete set of cameras for selfies, the Zenfone 7 takes the best in this regard. To close, it’s time to talk about device prices.
We know well that the iPhone is not usually a cheap product for the Brazilian consumer and in the case of the iPhone 12 Pro, right at the launch it already came from R $ 10,000. In turn, Asus focused on cost-benefit and even though it is still expensive, it brought the Zenfone 7 to Brazil for R$ 6,000.
Currently the apple device was the one that most plummeted the cost, but it still goes for something around R$ 7,500 in the national market which is about R$ 2,000 above what we find today by Zenfone. With an increasingly difficult and uncertain economic scenario in the country, it is certainly an amount that makes a difference in the pocket of the Brazilian, therefore, the Taiwanese model takes the last point of the comparison.
If you thought the iPhone would easily take this comparison, you may have been a little surprised by the result. The most updated design, the much superior battery and the price make the Zenfone a competitive option on the market not to mention the possibility of using the rear cameras for selfies.
In turn, the Apple smartphone turns out to be an option for those who are used to the iOS system and the performance it usually offers its users, not to mention the powerful sound and quality in photos and videos it delivers.
And that’s it, we are already reaching the end and before I want to leave the invitation for you to check this comparison in full text over at tudocelular.com with the best offers for both models.