Want to get immerse in the augmented reality world or experience virtual reality on a whole new level? Asus has launched Zenfone AR android smartphone in India. The major feature that makes it way different from other mobiles is the triCam system for Tango augmented reality. In addition, its also comes with Daydream support that offers immersive virtual reality (VR) with your phone. Apart from this, the mobile also features Snapdragon processor with 8GB of RAM, WQHD display and 4G with VoLTE support.
Packing all the goodies you could ever imagine in a smartphone, the Asus Zenfone AR get’s a price tag of Rs 49,999. The mobile will be available exclusively through Flipkart [flipkart.com/ZenfoneAR] starting today (12th July 2017) at 4 PM. The only mobile that competes with this smartphone would be the Tango-based Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.
Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready phone
The Asus Zenfone AR features Tango from Google that seamlessly blends augmented reality (AR) with virtual reality using motion sensing, depth sensing, and area learning capabilities. For this, the mobile is equipped with a TriCam system consisting of three rear cameras – a motion tracking, depth sensing, and 23-megapixel camera. This allows the mobile to create a three-dimensional augmented reality world out of your surroundings, all in the real-time. The motion tracking camera then tracks its location as it moves through space. The depth sensing camera with an infrared (IR) projector measures its distance from real-world objects. Finally, the 23-megapixel camera lets you view virtual objects in your actual environment in super high-quality. The best example would be the popular Pokémon GO game that uses AR to show the Pokémons around your surrounding.
Next big feature the Asus Zenfone AR packs is the Google Daydream support, which brings high-quality VR experiences. With the WQHD Super AMOLED display, powerful processor and high-fidelity sensor you can experience VR like never before. However, you need a VR headset and controller like the Google Daydream VR headset to actually experience VR in its full beauty.
Design and Performance
Coming to design the Asus Zenfone AR features a metal frame with the burnished-leather back panel. On the front, you get the 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED 2560 by 1440 display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Below the screen, you have the capacitive home button, which also doubles as the fingerprint sensor.
To power, the AR and VR on Asus Zenfone AR come packed with a 2.35GHz 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 8GB of RAM. It’s one of the first smartphones to house 8GB of RAM, way before OnePlus 5. To store all your media content the mobile carries 128GB of internal storage. You can further expand the storage up to 2TB using microSD card.
Photography and Connectivity
For photography, the Asus Zenfone AR features a 23-megapixels PixelMaster 3.0 camera. It packs SONY IMX 318 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, the focal length of 27mm, instant focus and subject tracking TriTech AF system. The camera can shoot 4K Ultra HD videos at 30 frames per second and comes with dual-LED real tone flash. For selfie lovers out there, the mobile brings in an 8-megapixel camera OV 8856 sensor and f/2.0 aperture.
Connectivity wise the dual-SIM Asus Zenfone AR Pro got 4G LTE supporting all Indian 4G bands. Other connectivity option includes 3G and 2G networks along with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual Band), Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC. The mobile runs on Android Nougat 7.0 operating system with ASUS ZenUI 3.0 over-the-top. To fuel the whole device you get a 3300mAh battery with BoostMaster Fast charging.
For audiophiles out there, the mobile packs SonicMaster 3.0 technology adding more volume, more quality and more effects. It features five-magnet speaker which is driven by a powerful NXP Smart AMP. The mobile can output certified high-resolution audio to compatible devices at 24-bit/192kHz, or 4x CD quality. In addition, you also get DTS Headphone:X which can offer audio in virtual 7.1-channel surround sound.
5.7-inch WQHD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED display
2.35GHz Quad-Core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
RAM + GPU
8GB of RAM + Adreno 530 GPU
Android 7.0 with ASUS ZenUI 3.0
128GB internal storage + expandable
23MP PixelMaster 3.0 camera + Depth and Fisheye
8MP PixelMaster 3.0 camera
4G LTE, VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, NFC
3300mAh + BoostMaster Fast Charging
5-magnet speaker with NXP Smart Amp, Hi-Res audio 384kHz
Tango enabled and Daydream-ready phone
|Device||Asus Zenfone AR ZS571KL|
|Status||Available. Released 2017, June|
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~515 ppi pixel density)|
|Multitouch||Yes, up to 10 fingers|
|Size||5.7 inches (~72.6% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Weight||170 g (6.00 oz)|
|Dimensions||158.7 x 77.7 x 9 mm (6.25 x 3.06 x 0.35 in)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|Cpu||Quad-core (2x2.35 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821|
|Memory + RAM||64/128/256 GB, GB, 6/8 GB RAM|
|OS||Android 7.0 (Nougat)|
|External storage (card slot)||microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|Primary camera||23 MP, f/2.0, OIS (4-axis), 3x zoom, phase detection autofocus, depth & motion tracking sensors|
|Secondary camera||8 MP, f/2.0, 1080p|
|Additional features||1/2.6" sensor size, 1 Âµm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Sound quality||- 24-bit/192kHz audio - DTS Headphone X - DTS HD sound enhancement - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|3.5mm jack support||Yes|
|Network and Sensors|
|Sim||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Network||LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 13(700), 20(800), 29(700) - North America|
|4G Bands||LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500) - Global|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/75 Mbps|
|3G Bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - Global|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||4.2, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Battery info||Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery|
|Features||- Project Tango - Google Drive (100 GB cloud storage) - Fast battery charging: 60% in 39 min (Quick Charge 3.0) - Reverse charging (1.5A) - MP4/H.264 player - MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player - Photo/video editor - Document viewer|