ASUS Zenfone Ares

ASUS got everyone’s attention, especially the tech enthusiasts when they launched the Zenfone AR last year. As the name suggests, it’s main focus is on Augmented Reality (AR) so it was packed with powerful hardware inside.

Fast forward to 2018 and we now have the ASUS Zenfone Ares. This handset still has its focus on both AR and VR, with a pair of decent specs to back it up.

Oddly enough, the device is only equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 instead of the more modern 845. But don’t panic as this hardware is said to be compatible with Google ARCore — which is the main driver for its AR and VR capabilities.

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The chipset is bundled with a spacious 8GB of RAM which is really necessary to handle AR and VR stuff. And of course, a fast and roomy 128GB UFS 2.0 storage.

For those features to work, the device needs to have good and smart cameras. So, the ASUS Zenfone Ares uses the same 23-megapixel sensor of last year with PixelMaster 3.0 lens. It is then partnered with a dedicated camera for motion tracking and depth sensing for the AR features to work. On the front, there’s an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

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The ASUS Zenfone Ares also comes with SonicMaster 3.0 Hi-Res audio recorder and DTS Headphone 7.1 surround support.

On the downside, it only runs on Android Nougat out of the box and an average 3,300mAh battery.

ASUS Zenfone Ares is currently available in Taiwan for a price of TWD9,999 (~Php17,800).



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