Some smartphone form factors are only remembered as one-off experiments, but the Asus Flip Camera isn’t one of them. It returns for the second year in a row with the Zenfone 7, improved and enhanced, demonstrating that phones can still have moving parts and be cool.
We’ve seen the mechanical slider a few times, but neither Xiaomi nor Honor followed up the Mi Mix 3 with the Magic 2 (and no, we’re not including the Magic 2 3D). The Oppo Find X motorized contraption could be categorized as anything, but the Find X2 didn’t want any of it. It’s refreshing to know that the Flip Camera is still alive and well.
It not only survives, but thrives. It now houses three cameras, with a 3x telephoto lens joining the standard and ultra-wide modules. These two have also improved: the main camera now has a 64MP Quad Bayer sensor instead of the 48MP unit found in the Zenfone 6, and the ultra-wide camera has a larger sensor and dual pixel autofocus.