It’s the first phone with both Tango and Daydream

The Zenfone AR is one helluv smartphone to have. Know why? Unlike the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro that is only compatible with the Tango AR platform, the Asus Zenfone AR is compatible with Google’s Daydream VR platform and also the Tango AR platform; making it the first smartphone to support both platforms at the same time.

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What this simply means is that if you own the Zenfone AR, there will be no need to purchase high-end headsets for augmented and virtual reality experience separately as the Zenfone AR already have them out of the box.

With this device (Asus Zenfone AR) being announced at the just concluded CES 2017 event, let’s take a look at what this beautiful device is made of. Shall we?

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DESIGN

Just like other smartphone in the Asus Zenfone series, the Asus Zenfone AR is not left out as it retains the same design as other phones in the series. The device is also quite light weighted. At 170 grams, it is lighter than the iPhone 7 plus which weighs 188 grams. A sleek metal finish on the body also makes it beautiful to hold and a magic to the eye.

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DISPLAY

The Zenfone AR sports a 5.7-inch QHD display made with Super AMOLED and has a 2K 1440×2560 resolution panels and protected solidly with Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

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PROCESSOR & OS

Asus did a great job in the processor department as the Quad core Snapdragon 821 processor was incorporated into the Zenfone AR. Powering all apps, phone function and multitasking is the 8GB of RAM and also to ensure the memory-intensive AR and VR apps don’t cause the device to hang during usage. There is, however, also a 6GB RAM variant available for purchase.

On the OS aspect, the Asus Zenfone AR rocks the custom Asus ZenUI 3.0, built on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

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CAMERA

The Asus Zenfone AR was produced with four amazing cameras; a 23MP main camera at the rear, a motion-tracking camera and a depth-sensing camera at its sides, and an 8MP selfie camera completing the setup at the front.

The 8MP selfie camera has a f/2.0 aperture and 85-degree wide-angle lens, this is guaranteed to provide users with an explosive and wonderful selfie experience.

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The rear  comes with a dual-tone LED flash and this camera uses a Sony IMX 318 sensor and 6P Largan lens, and has a f/2.0 aperture, 4-axis OIS, 3-axis EIS and Laser Autofocus. The rear camera is also capable of doing 4K video recording and comes with four-axis OIS and it has a 0.03 second autofocus capability in both low light and high light conditions.

AUDIO

What’s the benefit of possesing an AR and VR in a device without an audio setup to complement? Well, the Asus Zenfone AR does have a lovely audio setup to complement. The device packs a built-in Mono speaker with five magnets and uses ASUS’ SonicMaster 3.0 audio technology. Asus also packs a DTS X Headphone with the Zenfone AR for high-quality virtual surround and smooth AR and VR experience.

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STORAGE

The Zenfone AR is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB internal storage versions, all expandable to up to 1TB using external storage.

BATTERY

The Zenfone AR packs a 3300mAh battery juice coupled with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology. Looking at 3300mAh for this kind of smartphone, that’s quite small I must say.

Now let’s take a look at the specifications summary.

Technology

2G : GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900.

3G :

USA – HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100.

EMEA – HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100.

4G : LTE.

Network Speed :

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps.

LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/75 Mbps.

SIM Type: Hybrid Micro + Nano / microSD Slot.

OS : Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 3.0.

Design & Display

Dimensions : 158.7 * 77.7 * 9 mm.

Weight: 170g.

Display size : 5.7 inches.

Display Resolution: 2560 * 1440 pixels (Quad HD).

Display Technology: Super AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen.

Build: Metal aluminium design.

Form Factor: Touchscreen Bar.

Colours: Charcoal Black with leather finish .

Hardware

Processor Name/Technology : 64-bit Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821.

Processor Speed: 2.35GHz.

Number of Processor Cores : Quad-core.

Graphics Processor : Adreno 530.

RAM: 6GB/8GB.

Internal Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB/256GB.

External Storage: microSD.

Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass.

Camera

Rear : 23MP Main, Motion-tracking camera (x1), Depth-sensing camera (x1).

Camera Features: f/2.0 aperture, 4-axis OIS, 3x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus, 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection.

LED Flash : Yes, Dual-tone.

Video recording: Yes, 1080p.

Front-facing : 8MP with f/2.0 aperture & 85-degree wide-viewing angle.

Multimedia

Music Support: AAC, AMR, MP2, MP3, M4A, MKA.

Loudspeaker: Yes.

Audio Technology :

Built-in Mono 5 magnet speaker, ASUS SonicMaster 3.0, DTS Headphone: X for virtual 7.1 surround sound Hi-Res Audio 192kHz/24-bit standard, NXP Smart AMP technology

Video Support: MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player..

FM Radio: No.

Connectivity

Bluetooth : v4.2.

Bluetooth Profiles : A2DP, LE.

WiFi : Dual-band 5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot.

GPS : Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS.

USB : USB Type-C.

USB OTG : Yes.

NFC : Yes.

3.5mm audio jack : Yes.

Battery

Battery Capacity : 3300mAh.

Battery Technology : Li-ion.

Removable? Yes.

Charging : Fast Charge – Qualcomm Quick Charge. 3.0

Power Management : Nougat’s Battery Saving mode.

Miscellaneous

Extra Features: –

Launch Date : January 5, 2017.

Availability: TBA.

Sales stores/platforms : TBA.

Availability and Price of Asus Zenfone AR in China, Nigeria, Kenya & Ghana

The Asus Zenfone AR would be available for sale from the second quarter of 2017, and would come in Charcoal Black colour. We do not have any idea how much it would cost yet.

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