Asus is a very well-reputed brand in the smartphone industry, especially in the Asian market. With their ZenFone series of smartphones, Asus has been really pushing the limits.
Today, at a press event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Asus announced the ZenFone AR. The ZenFone AR is Asus’s take at the Augmented Reality smartphone market. It is the world’s first smartphone which supports both Tango AR and Daydream VR.
High-end Specs, Packed in a Premium Body:
Specs-wise, the ZenFone AR is no slouch. It features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset along with a whopping 8 gigabytes of RAM. Just like the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the ZenFone AR features three camera sensors to enable Augmented Reality via Tango.
It also has a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 (WQHD) resolution. As for internal storage, it is available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants. And yes, that memory is also expandable with a MicroSD card of up to 256 gigabytes in capacity.
The primary camera of the ZenFone AR has a 23MP sensor, capable of recording 4K videos at 24 FPS and 1080p videos at 30 FPS. The front camera has an 8MP sensor. The camera is also capable of capturing photos in RAW format; for more professional photography.
Also, the primary camera on the back is accompanied by two other cameras. One of them is a motion sensor and the other one is a depth sensor. They are used for AR.
Premium Phone, Premium Price:
The Asus ZenFone AR is definitely not for everyone. Priced at RM 3,799 (about $885), the ZenFone AR does come with a hefty price tag. However, that price tag is justified as the phone has pretty good specifications and it supports both AR and VR. Also, the phone comes with Google Cardboard, a screen protector, and a transparent Silicon case.
The Asus ZenFone AR will be available at all authorized retailers, starting from July 7, 2017. We will look more in-depth at the ZenFone AR in our review. Stay tuned.
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