While most flagship smartphones contain top notch features to appease the well-heeled smartphone customer, ASUS has taken a step in another direction and created a smartphone for the niche audience who are invested in AR and VR. The ASUS Zenfone AR is the second smartphone in the market with Google Tango capabilities. You might recall that Google was the first to launch a Project Tango enabled tablet created by NVIDIA and Lenovo was next in line with its Phab 2 Pro smartphone. Even if Tango technology did not gain much traction in the market due to powerful hardware requirements, ASUS is willing to bet that it might catch on with audiences if more devices are launched.
The ASUS Zenfone AR was launched internationally in January at CES 2017. The ASUS Zenfone AR is the first smartphone to combine the capabilities of Google Tango and Google Daydream which means you get to experience both AR and VR. The Tango capabilities of the ASUS Zenfone AR come courtesy of its TriCam System. You can find a basic 23MP camera from Sony followed by motion tracking camera and a depth sensing camera. The visual information from these three cameras is sent to Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset for processing. The housed chipset carries out these complex tasks with ease thanks to its 64-bit 2.35GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 530 GPU and 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The ASUS Zenfone AR comes preloaded with AR apps like iStaging, Matterport Scenes, Measure and Wayfair View. You can download many games and applications from the Google Play Store.
The Daydream capabilities of the ASUS Zenfone AR are bolstered by the stunning display. You find a 5.7inch Super AMOLED display with 2K WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution. On totally unrelated information the display is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and bluelight filter protects your eyes. Here comes the kicker though, the company isn’t giving a Google Daydream headset for free. You will however get a Rs. 2500 off on purchase of Google Daydream headset which retails for Rs. 6,499.
After impressing your sight, ASUS goes for your ears. The ASUS Zenfone AR comes with a five-magnet loudspeaker powered by NXP Smart AMP. If you use headphones you will be able to enjoy Hi-Res audio and virtual 7.1 channel audio with the help of DTS Headphone X. While we have discussed the ASUS Zenfone AR’s Tango capabilities we have mention some of the camera features. As we said on the rear we have a 23MP Sony IMX 318 sensor which along with other two cameras can create photos of up to 92MP resolution. The ASUS Zenfone AR has both optical and electronic image stabilisation and 4K video recording. The front camera has a resolution of 8MP.
The ASUS Zenfone AR comes with 128GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot to gobble of cards of up to 2TB. As you might expect the ASUS Zenfone AR is packed with all the connectivity options and sensors that you can imagine. The ASUS Zenfone AR is powered by a 3300mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0. You find the obligatory fingerprint sensor is housed on the home button. You get both a USB Type C port and a 3.5mm audio jack. The ASUS Zenfone AR runs Android Nougat (Android 7.0) which is peppered with ASUS ZenUI 3.0. The ASUS Zenfone AR will retail in India for Rs. 49,999 and for online sales ASUS has partnered with Flipkart.
Source: ASUS, Flipkart