Yesterday, June 24, 2017, Asus finally launched their latest and the first ever Tango enabled and Daydream-ready phone here in the Philippines – the Asus Zenfone AR (ZS571KL) for Php44,995 and it will be available in the market this coming July 2017.
Symbolizing a new dawn for mobile and smartphone technology, the Zenfone AR is actually the world’s first 5.7-inch smartphone that is Google Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready, allowing users to experience both mobile virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies.
Asus Zenfone AR (ZS571KL) Specs:
- 5.7” WQHD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 79% screen-to-body ratio
- Android 7.0 Nougat OS
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
- 64-bit Quad-Core CPU @2.35GHz
- Adreno 530 GPU
- 128GB ROM with UFS 2.0
- 8GB RAM
- 23MP PixelMaster rear camera (Sony IMX318)
- f/2.0 aperture, 6p Largan lens, 4-axis, 4-stops OIS
- 0.03s instant focus and subject tracking Tri-Tech AF system
- RAW file support, 4K video recording
- Dual-LED real tone flash, Color correction (RGB) sensor
- 8MP PixelMaster front camera
- f/2.0 aperture, 85 degree wide view angle
- Motion tracking camera – to understand subject motion as it moves through an area
- Depth sensing camera – with an infrared (IR) projector to measure its distance from real-world objects.
- 23MP PixelMaster camera – to view virtual object in the actual environment in stunning detail
- New 5-Magnet Structure speaker
- DTS Headphone:X for virtual 7.1 surround sound
- Hi-Res Audio 192kHz/24-bit (4 times better than CD quality)
- NXP Smart AMP technology
- WiFi 802.11ac, 5G / 2.4G MiMO wifi
- LTE Cat11: DL 600 Mbps, 3CA
- Bluetooth 4.2
- A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB OTG
SIM Card / SD card Slot
- Slot 1: micro SIM (3G/4G)
- Slot 2: nano SIM (3G/4G) or microSD up to 2TB
- 3300mAh with Quick Charge 3.0
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.
AR is a rapidly growing area of mobile technology, and one that consumers are extremely excited about. ASUS and Google have partnered with well-known industry-leading companies, such as Megaworld (Property and Real Estate), DevCon (IT), as well as Kooapps and GDAP (Gaming), in order for individuals from all walks of life to experience smartphone AR. Tango also provides developers with the ability to deliver consistent AR experiences across devices and helps users easily discover a wide range of new apps, such as exciting games, home decor utilities, and apps that provide new ways to explore. To date, the ecosystem has growing quickly and there are plenty of apps on Google Play that are Tango enabled.
Experience Daydream by Google Through Zenfone AR
The expansive 5.7-inch 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.
With ZenFone AR and Daydream View, users can explore new and fictional worlds with apps like Street View and Fantastic Beasts, kick back in a personal VR cinema with YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and HBO, and get in the game with Gunjack 2, LEGO® BrickHeadz, Need for Speed, and more. However, no word has been said about Daydream View’s local release as of yet.
Prior to that, Asus has also hosted its first ever 48-hour hackathon event. The contest started last June 22, 2017 at Whitespace Manila garnering of six groups who competed and created their own AR/VR apps.
And yesterday, after the launch, all groups presented their apps in front of the crowd of course with use of the Zenfone AR. Some of the apps they showed are in relation to health, house design, car design/mechanics, and electronics. All of their works are indeed timely and relevant to the present problems that we are facing now-a-days. But of course, the judges only have to choose the best three of them.
As concluded, the team AR Botics won the competition with their AR/ER app which aims to provide immediate medical assistance in case of emergency. They have won an exclusive internship to Asus headquarter in Taiwan and a cash prize of Php100,000! The 2nd placer, team Studio 3, won Php75,000 and the 3rd placer, team Imagine AR, won Php50,000. But even though only 3 of them got the main prizes, none of them will go home without consolation prizes. Because other non-winning teams still received an amount of Php10,000 and all of them have free access on all Google events.
The question now lies between the price and the usability of the phone. Is it powerful enough to replace existing softwares and devices? We would like to hear your thoughts on the comment section below.