Asus has launched ZenFone AR with 8GB RAM at the ongoing tech-expo CES 2017. ZenFone AR supports Google’s Tango Augmented Reality programme and DayDream Virtual Reality software. Asus also unveiled the ZenFone 3 Zoom camera smartphone with 5000mAh battery at the event.
For those who remember, CES 2016 was where the first Project Tango-ready smartphone was announced by Lenovo and Google; eventually the Phab 2 Pro went on sale in November in the US. The smartphone isn’t just supporting the Tango-platform, it is also the first phone after the Google Pixel series that is officially ready for Daydream VR, which is the virtual reality platform from the search giant.
What is Project Tango?
Tango is a technology platform developed by Google. It aims to give mobile devices a computer vision to determine their position relative to the world around them. Just like human beings have spatial perception, Project Tango wants to bring the same capability to Android devices, albeit with a little help from sensors.
Asus Zenfone AR will support Project Tango platform. This one is also more powerful than the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which sported a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor. It sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, along with a set of sensors and computer vision software which drives the augmented reality experience on the device. Asus also confirmed that the smartphone will have another version with 6GB RAM.
Asus Zenfone AR has 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM, which is another first for a phone. The GPU on this Adreno 530. It has a 23MP Sony IMX 318 sensor with OIS and EIS for 4K video recording support and other two cameras for motion-tracking and depth sensing. The company has opted for a 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens.
The Android 7.0 Nougat-based Asus ZenFone AR will be available in the Q2 2017. Other specifications revealed include up to 256GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) configuration; a 3300mAh battery; USB 2.0 Type-C port, as well as Bluetooth v4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, on the other hand, is being touted as “thinnest and lightest” smartphone featuring a 5000mAh battery, which is also a highlight of the device. It is just 7.9mm thick, while weighing 170 grams. Much like previous ZenFone Zoom models, the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom will double up as a power bank and can charge other smartphones.
the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover on top. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. Just like with the Asus ZenFone AR, the company has not revealed complete details of the device. It has mentioned a top-end 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage configuration.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom sports a dual rear camera setup, with one 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX362 sensor, and f/1.7 aperture, and the other 12-megapixel rear camera featuring a 2.3x optical zoom – allowing for a total 12x zoom. It also features a TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, 4-axis OIS, and 3-axis EIS. At the front, the ZenFone 3 Zoom packs a 13-megapixel camera with a Sony IMX214 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, and a screen flash feature.
The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom will be available starting February 2017 and prices for different variants will be announced at the time of local release.
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