ASUS finally revealed the much-anticipated ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom on January 4 during its ‘Zennovation’ event at CES 2017. The ZenFone AR leaked just a day before the event and the official release confirms what we were expecting. The device is the second phone to be equipped with Google’s Tango, an augmented reality app. The ZenFone Zoom 3 is designed for high-quality photography with dual 12MP cameras, a huge 5,000mAh battery and a Snapdragon 625 processor.
ASUS’ goal with the ZenFone AR was to create a Google Tango device that’s capable of delivering a rich augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experience. For the unfamiliar, Tango devices use a combination of sensors and computer-vision software developed by Google for the use of AR apps and gaming. The ZenFone AR is equipped with ASUS’ TriCam system consisting of three cameras, a 23MP main camera, motion-tracking camera and a depth-sensing camera. The unique design of the ASUS TriCam system also makes the ZenFone AR the slimmest and lightest Tango-enabled device yet by minimizing the space it occupies on the handset. The device is also “Daydream-ready” and ASUS has claimed that it has worked closely with Google to ensure that it delivers the best possible VR experience.
Specs-wise, the ZenFone AR packs a Snapdragon 821 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display, and a new five-magnet speaker. It also runs Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box.
The ZenFone Zoom 3 comes with a dual 12MP camera system that’s capable of capturing high-resolution images and videos. While smartphone cameras are notorious for quickly draining available battery life, ASUS has equipped the device with a massive 5,000mAh cell to allow for extended periods of usage.
The dual camera system on the ZenFone Zoom 3 consists of two 12MP cameras, one with a f/1.7 aperture, 25-mm wide-angle lens and the other with a 59-mm lens. You can quickly switch between the cameras to utilize the 2.3X optical zoom. It’s TriTech+ autofocus system automatically chooses between three autofocus technologies to achieve the best focus in just 0.03 seconds. It’s also equipped with SuperPixel camera technology for improved performance under low-light environments.
In terms of specs that ASUS revealed apart from the camera technology and 5,000mAh battery is that the device packs a Snapdragon 625 processor and 5.5-inch display inside a 7.9mm full-metal body with a total weight of 170g.
ASUS is yet to disclose a launch date or price for the ZenFone AR. While the ZenFone Zoom 3 is expected to launch in February, its price is also unknown for now. We’ll update you once we gain more information to share.
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