One of the most interesting announcements from CES 2017 so far was made by Asus, as the Taiwanese manufacturer just introduced the Zenfone AR, the second ever smartphone to support Google’s Tango AR system.
The Asus Zenfone AR follows the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, released in 2016, but takes everything one step further, since it also supports Google’s Daydream, the virtual reality functionality introduced with Android 7.0 Nougat. Therefore, it can be said that this is the first smartphone to sport both VR and AR capabilities, but it most likely won’t be the last, since more and more manufacturers are experimenting with these technologies!
Moving on, the Zenfone AR is a pretty serious powerhouse, featuring a 5.7″ display, with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, as well as a Snapdragon 821 chip under the hood, alongside 8 GB of RAM. The latter marks another premiere, since no other smartphone had this amount of RAM until now!
The camera department manages to impress us as well, since the main snapper is relying on a 23 MP sensor – a Sony IMX318, to be more specific – with EIS, OIS and, of course, the ability to shoot 4K videos. On the back, we can also spot a motion tracking camera and a fisheye depth-sensing one, both being required for Google Tango to work properly.
If you’re planning to get your hands on the Asus Zenfone AR, we have some band news for you: you’ll have to wait at least until Q2 of 2016. The price is also a mystery and we have a feeling that it won’t come for cheap.
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