At an event at CES 2017, ASUS officially revealed two new smartphones: the ZenFone AR and the ZenFone 3 Zoom.
The ZenFone AR will be the highlight of ASUS throughout this year since it is the world’s first smartphone that supports both Google Tango and Google Daydream. The ZenFone AR is a perfect companion for meeting both your AR and VR requirements; you won’t have to carry two different devices for these purposes. ASUS has worked closely with Google to ensure that the phone can bring the best experience of both Google Tango and Google Daydream for users.
The Zenfone AR features a 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED display, and it’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset, packed with up to 8GB of RAM. The main camera is a 23 MP unit using Sony’s IMX318 sensor, with the capability of 4-axis OIS, 3-a-xis EIS, and 4K video recording. At the back there is also a motion tracking camera and a fisheye depth-sensing camera to meet perfectly Google’s Tango requirements.
The ASUS ZenFone AR will start going on sale in the second quarter of this year. The price tag and configuration will be announced closer to availability. But according to the specifications revealed at this time, the device is likely to land on the premium flagship smartphone class.
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Another smartphone ASUS unveiled is the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom. As its name implies, ZenFone 3 Zoom will focus on photography. But they are also making the ZenFone 3 Zoom to become one of the thinnest and lightest smartphones with a huge 5,000 mAh battery.
The ZenFone 3 Zoom owns an aluminum-alloy body, which is only 7.9mm thick, and features a 5.5″ FullHD AMOLED display coming with Gorilla Glass 5 on the top. Under the hood, the device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. Although ASUS has not confirmed, the device might come with several different RAM options of 2GB/3GB/4GB and storage configurations of 16GB/32GB/64GB.
The device itself is equipped a dual 12 MP camera. On the back, you will get a 12MP Sony IMX362 sensor with 25mm wide-angle lens and f/1.7 aperture, along with a dedicated 12MP, 56mm lens for 2.3x optical zoom and both of them have 1.4nm pixels. The ZenFone 3 Zoom also shares stunning features with the ZenFone AR, such as four-axis OIS photo, three-axis EIS video, 4K video recording, Super Resolution Mode, Low Light mode and more.
The device will be available in February and run slightly outdated Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and pricing of the device will be announced later on.