Asus has launched its Daydream, TANGO-compatible smartphone in Taiwan. The new Asus Zenfone AR is the world’s slimmest TANGO smartphone. It is also the first smartphone that’s compatible with both Daydream VR platform and TANGO technology (creates 3D maps of real-world environments). What else is this innovative smartphone hiding? Read more to find about Asus Zenfone AR Price in India, Specifications, and Features
Price and Availability
|Price||24,990 New Taiwan Dollars (approx Rs 52,000)|
The 8GB RAM/ 128GB internal storage variant is priced at 24,990 New Taiwan Dollars (approx Rs 52,000). However, the Indian pricing and release dates haven’t been announced yet.
The Asus Zenfone AR was unveiled at CES in January this year. So far, it is only available for purchase in Taiwan. A global launch is expected to come later this year.
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Adreno 530 GPU, Quad-core|
|RAM||up to 8GB|
|Internal Storage||up to 256GB|
|Display||5.7-inch, WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels), Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 4|
|OS||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Primary (Rear) Camera||3-camera system, 23MP Sony IMX318 camera, depth & motion tracking sensors|
|Battery||4000mAh with Quick Charging|
The Asus Zenfone AR features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, Adreno 530 GPU, and up to 8GB RAM. The next-gen smartphone comes with up to 256GB of storage and a five-magnet speaker system. It is backed by a 3,300 mAh battery.
However, the USP of the Zenfone AR is its Tri-camera system (3 cameras). It includes a 23MP PixelMaster 3.0 camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), electronic image stabilization (EIS), 4K video recording capability, and a dual LED flash. The other two cameras offer depth sensing and motion detection.
- Project TANGO
- Daydream VR
- USB Type-C 2
- 4G LTE
- Bluetooth 4.2
Along with Google Daydream View virtual reality headset, the Asus Zenphone AR can run Tango apps including games, home decorating apps, and other augmented reality apps. The combination of VR and AR on the same smartphone opens up doors for innovative futuristic apps. Theoretically, you can interact with Tango apps while wearing a VR headset. The Google Daydream VR comes with a headset, a motion controller, and a suite of virtual reality apps including HBO, YouTube, Hulu, Gunjack, and Hunters Gate.
The Asus ZenFone AR’s depth-tracking sensors react to forward, backward, and strafing motions. The Project Tango can identify objects in the real world and calculate the dimensions of those objects. For example, it can measure the length of your desk.
Asus also launched several new augmented reality experiences along with the Zenfone AR. It has partnered with Gap for Dressing Room (lets you try on the latest fashion offerings), and BMW for iVisualizer (allows you to configure, customize, and walk around BMW’s i3 and i8 cars in a digital environment).
Google launched its Project Tango with the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro last year. It brought depth-sensing and motion-tracking technology to smartphones. However, it suffered from several problems. Asus ZenFone AR aims to rectify those issues and takes the technology further with the addition of Google Daydream. We will have to wait and see how good the new smartphone really is. Do you think this VR/AR combination is the future of smartphones? Let us know in the comments section below.