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ktw5Z was the most successful at the time. (Despite Poco F1 also announced later and took some users from us) The beta testing also great so they did extended a bit more. To this day 5z users are still active with active custom rom
I loved my ZF7 Pro for its flip camera mechanism and full-screen (no notch/hole punch) experience too. But I also had to move to Pixel 6 Pro earlier this year due to the lack of VoLTE support after T-mobile shut down its 3G network in the states, which really sucks 😒. If that didn't happen, I might stick to my ZF7 Pro for another year or two.
I hate to tell you, it's unlikely that ZF7 will receive another OS update. ASUS is a large company in its PC/laptop department, but it's small in its phone department and as a player in the phone market -- think of it as one of the small phone manufacturers like MEIZU or sth -- it's lacking the available resources to maintain its phone products. These small phone manufacturers, at their best, would provide 2 years of OS & security updates, and you most likely won't see anything from them beyond that.
Historically speaking, ASUS has only offered 2 OS updates and a bit more than 2 years of security updates after the phone's release for most of its products. For your reference on a few selections of the previous products from the Zenfone lineup (in comparison to Zenfone 7):
- Zenfone 3 - released in 2016/5 in Android 6, the latest available OS update to Android 8; final security patch in 2018/9.
- Zenfone 4 - released in 2017/8 in Android 7, the latest available OS update to Android 9; final security patch in 2019/12.
- Zenfone 5z - released in 2018/2 in Android 8, the latest available OS update to Android 10; (surprisingly) final security patch in 2021/3.
- Zenfone 6 - released in 2019/5 in Android 9, the latest available OS update to Android 11; final security patch in 2021/8.
- Zenfone 7 - released in 2020/8 in Android 10, (current) the latest available OS update to Android 12; (current) latest security patch in 2022/11.
The ROG phone series is in about the same situation in terms of OS/security updates. Although I hope that ASUS can prove me wrong with the ZF7 series this time, chances are the next OS update on this phone won't happen.
If you don't care about security patches or the number of OS updates, ASUS phones are actually ok to buy. However, if OS and security updates are one of your primary/major concerns, you would probably want to switch to other larger phone companies like Samsung, OnePlus, OPPO, Google, etc. until ASUS promises a longer update schedule for its products 😔.