ASUS unveils the world’s first commercial smartphone to come stuffed with 8GB of RAM – ASUS Zenfone AR.
Amazingly, that isn’t the only area where the ASUS Zenfone AR smartphone excels. The device also debuts at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 (CES) as the world’s first smartphone that comes with support for both Google Tango and Daydream.
Google’s Project Tango is an effort initiated by Google that makes it possible to create augmented reality (AR) right inside your home. The setup consists of three cameras; a motion tracking, a depth-tracking and a third for room mapping. This enables the smartphone to learn about an area and have an accurate perception of depth, in addition to tracking the motion of objects. The sleek smartphone is also Daydream-ready, meaning it also supports Virtual Reality (VR).
Specs wise, the ASUS Zenfone AR features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution. The handset has a high screen-to-body ratio of 79% and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset. There are more than one memory versions available on the device. There’s a 6GB RAM variant, as well as a mammoth 8GB RAM version – the first of its kind. The flagship device also comes in a 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage versions, with support for further expansion via microSD card.
ASUS Zenfone AR Specs
- Android 7.0 Nougat, ZenUI 3.0
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass 4 Display
- 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor
- Adreno 530 GPU
- up to 8GB RAM LRDDR4
- up to 256GB UFS 2.0 internal storage
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac Dual-band, Hotspot, MIMO
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- 4G LTE Cat13
- 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 laser autofocus rear camera with dual-tone LED flash
- 8-megapixel front camera
- USB Type-C
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Dimensions: 158.67 x 77.7 x 4.6 ~ 8.95 mm
- Weight: 170 g
- 3300mAh battery
The ASUS Zenfone AR wears a complicated camera setup at its rear with a combined pixel size of 23MP. The main camera uses a Sony IMX sensor and has f/2.0 aperture, four-axis OI, EIS, and dual-tone LED. Up front, there is an 8MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED real one flash.
On the software end, the smartphone boots Android 7.0 Nougat with the Zen UI 3.0 hovering on top. There is a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C interface. Keeping the lights on is a 3,300mAh battery with fast charging support.
ASUS did not disclose the price of the Zenfone AR but did say that the smartphone should be expected in Q2 2017. It is not known, though, which country would get the smartphone first.