2016 was definitely a revolutionary year for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality with some great devices. Taiwanese hardware company kickstarted new year by showcasing world’s first tango and daydream view compatible smartphone with super specs at CES 2017. Asus zenfone AR is the only phone based on Tango and Daydream View compatible smartphone. In 2015 Lenovo officially launched Phab 2 Pro, world’s first tango enabled AR smartphone collaborating with Google. Asus, best known for its computer hardwares started developing mobile phones back in year 2000 but got popular when it launched Android based ZenFone smartphones.
Asus Zenfone AR sports a quad HD Super AMOLED display with Bluelight Filter for Eye Care 79% body-to-screen ratio feels good in hand. The phone runs on latest iteration of android with a customised ZenUI 3.0 out of the box. It has a special motion tracking and depth sensor along with 23 MP Sony sensor. It comes with a new “immersive” five-magnet speaker that supports High-Res Audio and DTS virtual surround sound. For immersive AR experience it features latest Snapdragon 821 clocked at 2.35 GHz along with 8GB RAM. Zenfone AR comes with PixelMaster Camera Modes offering up to 20 different capturing modes along with 4-axis OIS, 3-axis EIS and second generation Laser Autofocus.
- 5.7-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Super Amoled Display with Tru2life technology
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection with Bluelight Filter
- 10-finger capacitive touch with glove touch support
- 64-bit Qualcomm 821 with Adreno 530
- Android 7.0 (Nougat) with Zen UI 3.0
- Built-in Mono 5 magnet speaker, ASUS SonicMaster 3.0, DTS Headphone with NXP Smart AMP technology
- Multi gesture Fingerprint sensor
- Upto 8GB LPDDR4 RAM
- Upto 256GB Internal Storage with UFS 2.0
- Expandable upto 200GB and 100GB Google drive Storage( free for 2 year)
- 3300mAh Battery with BoostMaster Fast Charging
- 23MP 6 Piece Largan lens primary Camera, 8MP front Camera
- Depth sensing camera with an infrared (IR) projector
- Dimensions: 158.67 x 77.7 x 4.6 ~ 8.95 mm; Weight:170g
Asus Zenfone AR looks promising with all these top notch specs and will definitely be the AR smartphone for the Year. There is no word on pricing yet but looks like it will be available from Q3 of this year. Stay tuned for more updates about Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.