The Asus ZenFone AR, the first smartphone in the world with Google Daydream and Tango support, has been launched in India at Rs. 49,999. Along with this, the ZenFone AR has 8GB of RAM. Available exclusively on Flipkart, the smartphone goes on sale Thursday itself at 4pm IST. To recall, the handset was first unveiled in CES 2017, and has a set of sensors and cameras, the ZenFone AR lets users navigate the world of augmented reality with Tango AR apps.
As we mentioned, the Asus ZenFone AR also supports the Daydream platform, with access to Daydream-supported apps. Apart from the RAM and the AR/ VR support, Taiwanese consumer electronics giant Asus is also touting the camera system on the ZenFone AR, which sports a 23-megapixel rear sensor with dual-PDAF, laser autofocus, OIS, and EIS, apart from motion tracking depth and sensing cameras, as well as an infrared (IR) rangefinder. The ZenFone AR also sports a "premium-crafted metallic diamond-cut" body, and bears a fingerprint sensor on the home button.
As mentioned above, the Asus ZenFone AR price in India is Rs. 49,999, and the smartphone will go on sale in the country from 4pm IST on Flipkart. It will only be available in a Black colour variant in India. The company has brought the 8GB of RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant to India, though it had unveiled a 6GB RAM option apart from inbuilt storage ranging from 32GB up to 256GB at launch. In the box, users get the Asus ZenEar S earphones that support DTS Headphone:X and Hi-Res Audio. The ZenEar S are built out of aerospace metal, and have a triple diaphragm.
Flipkart has already listed some Asus ZenFone AR launch offers, including a Rs. 2,500 discount on the Google Daydream View VR headset (priced at Rs. 6,499). Reliance Jio has also teamed up with Asus and Flipkart to offer subscribers up to 100GB additional data and a complimentary Prime subscription. The data can be availed in the form of an additional 10GB data voucher per recharge of Rs. 309 and above, for up to 10 recharges until March 2018.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone AR runs ZenUI 3.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. It sports a 5.7-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection and claims of over 100 percent support for NTSC colour gamut. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC (two cores clocked at 2.34GHz and two core clocked at 1.6GHz) that's been optimised for Google Tango and Daydream VR performance, and is coupled with 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM.
As for optics, the Asus ZenFone AR sports a 23-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, 6P Largan lens, TriTech Focus System (dual-PDAF, laser autofocus, continuous autofocus), RGB sensor for colour correction, 4-axis OIS for photos, 3-axis EIS for videos, and RAW file support. The company claims the TriTech system can focus as fast as 0.03 seconds. On the front, it bears a 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, a 85-degree wide-angle lens, and dual-LED flash. The front camera offers HDR and real time beautification modes.
The ZenFone AR variant launched in India sports 128GB of inbuilt UFS 2.0 storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type-C 2.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors onboard include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, digital compass, gyroscope, infrared sensor, and proximity sensor. It is powered by a 3300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support that with the bundled 18W charger can provide 60 percent capacity in 18 mins.
The company is also touting the five-magnet speaker, NXP amplifier, Hi-Res Audio support, DTS HD Premium sound, DTS Headphone:X 7.1 channel virtual surround sound, and dual-microphone active noise cancellation for better audio quality. As for the display, Asus says the ZenFone AR has a Bluelight filter, and "industry-leading 60ms touch response time," apart from support for gloves.