Asus at the CES 2017 occasion in Las Vegas extended its ZenFone smartphone range with the new ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom. Not surprisingly, the Asus ZenFone AR is the world's first Tango-empowered and Daydream-ready smartphone - making it an AR+VR centered smartphone. The ZenFone AR is likewise asserted to be world's first smartphone with 8GB of RAM however the organization included that there will be different SKUs with lower RAM models too, including a 6GB of RAM variation. The ZenFone AR was beforehand affirmed by Qualcomm. The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom likewise reported at the same event is being promoted as "built for photography."
The Asus ZenFone AR, similar to the other Tango gadget - the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro - is composed around machine vision with a camera and sensor setup that provides motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning. Unlike other ZenFone smartphones, the ZenFone AR wears a unique fingerprint scanner at the front installed in the home button. It dons a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD (1440x2560 pixels) display which is probably going to play the real part in virtual reality. The organization includes that the gadget packs 79 percent screen-to-body proportion.
The ZenFone AR packs the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that the organization claims has been customized for Tango. With Qualcomm declaring the new Snapdragon 835 SoC, the Snapdragon 821 processor choice for Tango-empowered and Daydream-prepared smartphone looks dated. Asus at the occasion affirmed that the organization will have exclusive Asus ZenUI VR 360 degree application support on PhotoCollage, Gallery, and ZenCircle applications.
The Taiwanese organization additionally affirmed that the ZenFone AR highlights vapor cooling system to abstain from overheating. On the camera front, the Asus ZenFone AR wears a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 camera module with TriTech+ self-adjust framework, double PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, and continuous focus. The back camera bolsters 4-hub OIS (optical image stabilization) and in addition 3-axis EIS (electronic image stabilization) for video recording along with the support for 4K video recording. The Android 7.0 Nougat-based ZenFone AR will be accessible in the Q2 2017 with the organization to declare price at the time of dispatch. Asus is yet to uncover the whole specifications details for the ZenFone AR.
The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, then again, is being touted as "thinnest and lightest" smartphone including a 5000mAh battery, which is likewise a highlight of the gadget. It is only 7.9mm thick and weighs 170 grams. Much like past ZenFone Zoom models, the ZenFone 3 Zoom will double up as a power bank and can charge other smartphones.
On the specifications front, the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom includes a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover on top. It is fueled by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. Just like the ZenFone AR, the organization has not uncovered complete details of SKUs - however, it has said a top-end 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage configuration.
The smartphone has a double back camera setup, with one 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX362 sensor, and f/1.7 aperture, and the other 12-megapixel rear camera including a 2.3x optical zoom - allowing for a total 12x zoom. Like the ZenFone AR, it highlights a TriTech+ self-adjust system, double 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, a f/2.0 aperture, and a screen flash feature. The ZenFone 3 Zoom will be accessible beginning February 2017 and costs for various variations will be declared at the time of release.
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