Today, ASUS unveiled its Zenfone AR smartphone in Taiwan for NT$24,990 (~$825). The handset is the first in the world built ground up for Google’s Daydream VR headset and Project Tango. The smartphone was first showcased at CES 2017 held in Barcelona, Spain but even after having such a high price tag comes with last generation chipset as the focus is clearly on Augmented Reality.
A quick run down of the Zenfone AR’s specifications are as follows, the smartphone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with up to 8 GB of RAM. The handset comes in multiple storage capacities, ranging from 32 GB to 256 GB, expandable via a microSD card. The Zenfone AR has a 5.7-inch Super QHD (1440 x2560) Super AMOLED panel based display below which is a home button which integrates a fingerprint scanner. Powering all this hardware is a 3300mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery unit while on the OS front, the handset runs on ASUS’s proprietary Zen UI 3.0 which is based on Android v.7.0 Nougat.
Coming to the meat of the hardware, the smartphone features a TriCam module featuring a 23-megapixel SONY IMX318 sensor based main rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture, 4-axis optical image stabilisation, RAW format support and a dual LED CCT flash. This extensive camera module is the reason for the Zenfone AR’s high cost. It comes with a cluster of other cameras as well for depth perception and effective motion tracking. Up front, for selfies and video calling the smartphone features an 8-megapixel camera sensor with a f/2.0 aperture and dual LED CCT flash module. For charging the battery, ASUS has provisioned the smartphone with a USB Type-C connector.
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