As the smartphone industry is heading towards the world of Augmented Reality, Asus gave its contribution by launching Asus Zenfone AR at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2017. The phone gained attraction due to the massive 8GB RAM and support for Google’s Tango augmented reality platform and Daydream virtual reality support. While it took nearly six months to bring the device to the public, Asus now seems set to make the Tango-enabled smartphone available in certain regions.
Asus has put out a teaser on its official India twitter account saying, “We’re ready to change the way you see smartphones. The world’s first 8GB RAM phone is all set to land in India.” Although they didn’t specify the name of the smartphone, but given the Zenfone AR carries a massive 8GB of RaM we can expect the same to arrive in the country. The company tweeted this just two days before the launch of another rumoured 8GB RAM smartphone, the OnePlus 5.
— ASUS India (@ASUSIndia) June 19, 2017
The Asus Zenfone AR is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset that is said to be customised for Tango according to Asus. It features a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels which will contribute its features of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
The Zenfone AR will be able to fully utilise Tango with the help of its 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 camera module with TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, and continuous-focus which helps in providing area learning, motion tracking and depth perception. The rear camera will also support 4K video recording and has 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilisation) as well as 3-axis EIS (electronic image stabilisation). For the front-facing camera, Asus decided to go with an 8-megapixel sensor. It also features vapour cooling system to avoid overheating and has a fingerprint scanner at the front. The smartphone will come with Android Nougat 7.0 and will include up to 256GB of internal storage which will be expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card.