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ASUS Zenfone AR Hands-on Review

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Launched last July 24, 2017, the ASUS Zenfone AR is having a hard time getting the heart of the consumers with its flagship-level price. The device is packed with great specs and new technology like being Tango enabled and Daydream-ready smartphone.

If you are not yet convinced, let us give you a simple hands-on review and preview of its specifications and its capabilities that you might looking for. Join us and read this article.

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ASUS Zenfone AR Specs:

  • Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • Adreno 530 graphics
  • 8GB RAM
  • 32/64/128/256GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display (1440 x 2560 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 23 megapixel rear facing Sony IMX318 camera with OIS, EIS, 3x Optical Zoom, PDAF, LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type C
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 3.0
  • Price: P44,995
  • Status: Available at ASUS stores and retailers

 

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

The Zenfone AR is a revolutionary smartphone with a tri-cam system. At first look, you will only notice the two cameras but the other one is placed above the IR projector and it is called a motion tracking camera. Its back cover is made up of premium leather while the camera protection is made from stainless steel. Though having the same weight as the Zenfone 3 Zoom, the Zenfone AR feels lighter to hold because of its build.

 

SOFTWARE AND DISPLAY

A beautiful, 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display and a new five-magnet speaker makes Daydream’s virtual reality apps, games, and videos more immersive and entertaining. Android™ 7.0 ‘Nougat’ lets users get the most out of ZenFone AR with new multitasking features and other enhancements that deliver a great mobile experience.

The display of ZenFone AR makes it ideal for VR apps and games when used with Daydream View, immersing users in incredible VR worlds that appear detailed and lifelike in WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution. Super AMOLED technology enables deep blacks and high contrast, further enhancing image quality and 3D effects.

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Daydream is Google’s platform for high-quality, mobile virtual reality and supports Daydream VR apps. Paired with the Daydream View headset and controller, ZenFone AR allows users explore new worlds, kick back in their personal VR cinema, and play games that put them at the center of action. ZenFone AR was developed in close cooperation with Google to deliver the best AR and VR experiences.

The device has manage to get an Antutu score of 143,948 and ranked on the 17th place.

Here are some screenshots from the Antutu’s Hardware and Software information about the device:

 

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ZenFone AR uses an ASUS TriCam system consisting of three rear cameras — a motion-tracking camera, depth-sensing camera, and high-resolution 23MP PixelMaster 3.0 camera — which provide input to Tango, enabling smartphone augmented reality experiences for users. The motion-tracking camera lets ZenFone AR keep track of its location as it moves through three-dimensional space. The depth-sensing camera lets ZenFone AR determine its distance from objects by projecting an infrared (IR) laser and measuring the amount of time it takes for IR light to bounce off objects and return to the phone. The 23 MP PixelMaster 3.0 camera features a Sony IMX 318 image sensor to vividly capture the environment as a backdrop for AR experiences.

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What we love about the Zenfone lineups are the availability of different camera modes. On the Zenfone AR, it has 20 different modes that you can choose from.

Switching to the Manual Mode lets you control the Focus, Shutter Speed, ISO, Exposure Value, and the White Balance.

ISO ranges from 50 – 3200. It is responsible for the sensitivity of the camera to light. But remember that the higher the ISO is equivalent to noisy photos.

Shutter Speed ranges from 1/50000 of a second for capturing fast moving subjects and 32 seconds for capturing light trails, astro photography, and adding motion on your shots.

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This is a sample of its Tango capability. It has set of sensors and computer-vision software by Google that enables smartphone augmented reality. Tango technologies add three key capabilities — Tango motion tracking, Tango depth perception, and Tango area learning — to enable smartphone augmented reality to create unique AR user experiences, such as AR gaming, AR utilities, and indoor navigation.

Although having these great specifications and claimed to be the first ever Tango enabled and Daydream-ready phone here in the Philippines, the people are not yet convinced of the things that it can do. Maybe the significance of bringing new technology on the mobile industry is not yet timely and the availability of the apps and developers to accommodate and sustain the capability of the device are countable. But if you are the type of person who want to have a smartphone with great performance, better photography experience, and packed with added Tango and Daydream capability, the Zenfone AR is one of the best choice.

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