Shying away from what used to be a budget minded line, the Zenfone series from Asus came a long way to be able to finally revealed something that surprises everyone. Like as if the Zenfone 3 Deluxe is just a another ordinary piece of equipment, Asus has a new kid on the block to represent a whole new alternative not just or VR but AR experience as well. Without further ado, Let’s welcome the new Asus Zenfone AR.
Forked right where the Zenfone 3 Deluxe left off, the new Zenfone AR brought Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in one devices to users. Supporting the latest Google DayDream VR on Nougat and Google’s Project Tango for Augmented Reality, the new Asus handset combines these two environment into one super capable device. Unlike Lenovo’s Phab 2’s relatively large profile, Asus designed the Zenfone AR to not just work mainly as entertainment device but also a key communication tool that is just as handy as anyone’s regular smartphone.
From the looks of it, it seems like Asus hit the mark this time in terms of design, the phone isn’t that awkward looking compared to the rest of the Zenfone line and the design is even more premium that what Asus came about from devices before it.
The Zenfone AR comes with a 2K QHD 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display designed to optimum AR experience and ultimately for VR environments. Unfortunately though for the Zenfone AR despite having both capabilities, the handset can’t combine these two environments, well, at least for now. When used under DayDream VR headset, the handset will automatically enable apps design for the Virtual environment, while Tango enabled apps will be ready to fire up when switched to Tango mode.
For an immersive AR experience, the Zenfone AR is equipped with an immensely large 23 Megapixel main camera – a Sony IMX318 with OIS, EIS and “Super Resolution mode compositing” built and design to meet Tango’s hardware requirements. It also comes with a secondary motion tracking camera and fisheye depth-sensing camera. For ordinary days, the setup is supported by a Dual-tone LED flash to support dim environments and comes with a wide selection of imaging tools from the camera app for a perfect shot with TriTech AutoFocus and 4K video recording capabilities.
To support such features, Asus uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Chipset to power the handset and Adreno 530 GPU built into the chipset to handle all its graphics needs. For one and a first in the market, Asus introduce the new Zenfone AR as the world’s first handset to come equipped with 8 GB of RAM. And to support will all these processing power needs is an efficient and sophisticated vapor cooling system to keep both CPU and GPU at its top shape and deliver a seamless AR and VR environment.
With Virtual Reality becoming a norm in the mobile market, One has to equipped the device superb audio experience and the Zenfone AR delivers just that, with its 5-magnet speakers on Asus SonicMaster 3.0 technology. Users will experience a truly massive, immersive and remarkable audio experience with DTS audio and Hi-Res audio support and DTS Headphone:X support for a virtual 7.1 Channel surround sound experience on selected headphones and headsets.