Asus ZenFone AR is the first Tango and Daydream enabled smartphone

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Finally getting over the rumor mill, Asus has announced the Asus ZenFone AR smartphone at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It is the world's first Tango and Daydream enabled smartphone. For the unaware, Tango is a Google hardware-software combination that enables augmented reality in smartphones. Daydream is another Google product aiming to offer virtual reality in smartphones. Another device, the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, is also launched.

Asus ZenFone AR

The smartphone is powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.35 GHz. Adreno 530 GPU backs it.

Asus ZenFone AR comes in two RAM variants - one with 6 gigs RAM, while the other with 8 GB memory (the first smartphone to do so). The storage capacity can be chosen from 32/64/128/256 GB, and can later be expanded up to 2 TB via a micro SD card. The exact variant details are yet to be announced. The battery capacity is 3,300 mAh and supports Quick Charge 3. The fingerprint sensor is located at the front.

Regarding imaging, the device comes with a three-camera system, aptly termed the Asus TriCam. The main camera is a 23 MP Sony IMX318 shooter, which is capable of shooting 4K video and supports dual PDAF, laser focus, and 4-axis optical image stabilization. It is backed by a motion-tracking lens and a depth-sensing camera module. The front camera is a 8 MP lens.

The display used is a 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED, with a screen-to-body ratio of 79% and resolution of 2560x1440 pixels. Corning Gorilla Glass 4 provides the required protection. To the joy of the audiophiles, a five-magnet speaker is put in. The smartphone runs on Asus ZenUI 3.0, bases on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Asus ZenFone AR comes in black color. Variant, pricing and availability details are yet to be announced.

Asus ZenFone AR specifications

Operating System: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Processor: 2.35 GHz quad-core
Memory: 6/8 GB RAM
Storage: 32/64/128/256 GB internal  (expandable up to 2 TB)
Display: 5.7-inch WQHD
Resolution (pixels): 2560x1440
Primary camera: 23 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,300 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 77.7x158.7x4-6 ~ 8.95 mm
Weight: 170 g
Price: TBA


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