New Asus Zenfone AR doesn’t make to choose between Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), is the world’s first smartphone to have the both AR and VR in one device.

Pros: Cons:
  • AsusZenfone AR has Both VR and AR.
  • Extremely powerful hardware.
  • First reasonably sized AR phone.
  • Zenfone 3 Zoom’s camera is better.
  • Small battery for such a phone.
  • Hybrid SDcard slot.

The Zenfone AR first seen at International CES 2017, is filled with a bunch of sensors and simultaneously runs Google Tango AR software and the Google Daydream VR platform using the Daydream View headset. It has most advanced technology behind the smartphone to get this done. It boasting three rear cameras, huge 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of internal memory and powered by powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC chipset. The new Zenfone AR run the latest version of Android Nougat 7. Yet, it is well maintained to look and feel like very handy and everyday use handset, not like previous Google Tango smartphone Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.

Asus Zenfone AR Design and display

Asus Zenfone AR Review TriCam

Since the series of Asus Zenfone introduced, every phone has come out with a fresh and new look. From the cheap plastic body ZenFone 2 to premium aluminium unibody ZenFone 3 Delux. This time the new ZenFone AR comes with a soft and burnished leather back, which is quite different from the usual aluminium outfit or glass-backed phones.

You might not need to buy an extra protective case for this phone, as it smooth yet not slip from your hands like that case-demanding iPhones do

It sports a 5.7-inch with a 2k (1440×2560) QHD super AMOLED display, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Asus claims it 100 % supports NTSC colour gamut.

There is a metal frame on the rear camera, with brushed stainless steel accents. The finishing is very close to feeling like glass.

Not like other Zenfones, the new Asus ZenFone AR has a single physical home button flanked by capacitive keys. It ‘s likely going to prevent false touches while using your favourite apps.

Asus Zenfone AR Camera, Other Features and Specifications

Asus Zenfone AR Review, Camera Performance,

The new Zenfone AR sporting a unique TriCam system in rear including a 23 MP camera. The Sony IMX 318 sensor may not good as Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom, but still managed to do a bit better in this version. The camera features a f/2.0 aperture lens, fast 0.03 second dual & PDAF laser autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), RGB sensor for colour correction and supports 4K video recording. Also, supports Raw Image Digital Negative (DNG) format.

While the front-facing camera having an 8 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture lens and capable of 85 degrees of wide angle selfies and HDR and real time beautification modes.

Zenfone AR packed with a 3300 mAh capacity battery, which is quite decent for normal everyday usage. When comparing to Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom which has massive 5000 mAh battery, it significantly low. This device will available in two variants 6 GB and 8GB.

In the box, it offers an Asus ZenEar S earphones that support DTS Headphone X and Hi-Definition Audio. The ZenEar S is built with aerospace metal and have a triple diaphragm.

Google Tango Augmented Reality Capabilities

Asus promised to get the brand new AR experience to its users by allowing them to witness the world with a new set of eyes. Google’s Tango augmented reality software and a bunch of sensors will allow for spatial awareness and motion detection to enabling accurate tracking, depth perception and area learning. This can able phone to show the virtual objects into the real world as if they are in front of you.

Some of the online furniture shopping apps will allow you to place and measure virtual Tables, chairs and other furniture in your physically existing room. That means new Zenfone AR can able to detect how far away it is from the floor, walls and objects and also remember key visual features in a physical 3D space.

Learn and gaming experiences will be going to be more interesting with AR enabled apps and Games. Apps like Solar Simulator and Dinosaurs Among Us bring space and extinct creatures into our room. Games like Domino World and Slingshot Island turn your household objects into fun puzzle platforms for virtual characters and objects.

Google Daydream VR Platform

Virtual reality is the other side of the coin. With its big and impressive 5.7-inch 2K (1440×2560) QHD display, it will be one of the best Google Daydream View headset. Any how that display size doesn’t matter because it buried inside the VR headset, but what matters is how everything looks inside the headset.

The good news is it runs the same software as existing Google Daydream compatible phones do, including the Google Pixel, Pixel XL and Moto Z. Actually, Zenfone AR is better than Google Pixel and compete with Google Pixel XL, all credits go to VR optimised Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC chipset and 2k QHD AMOLED  display.

Asus reportedly using Advanced Vapor Cooling System to keep the device cool, It is a huge relief for users. Though it is quite common that all the mobiles get hot while processing heavy programs.

 

Asus ZenFone AR price in India, launch offers

Asus Zenfone AR Review, Design

Asus Zenfone AR is now available exclusively on Flipkart at Rs.49,999. Flipkart already announced some of Zenfone AR release offers, including a Rs. 2,500 discount on Google Daydream View VR Headset which costs 6,499 without discount.

Reliance Jio also came up with an attractive offer up to 100 GB additional data and a complimentary Jio Prime subscription. The data offer can be availed with additional 10Gb data on recharge of Rs. 309 and above and carried out for 10 times of future recharges until March 2018.

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