Asus Zenfone AR hands-on at CES 2017

by Myriam Joire on January 5, 2017

It already leaked a few days ago, but today at CES 2017 Asus officially unveiled its first Project Tango-equipped smartphone, the Zenfone AR. This is actually the second production device on the market running Google’s AR tech, the first being last year’s Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.

Unlike its bulky 6-inch competitor, the Zenfone AR looks and feels just like any regular Android handset. Better yet, with a 5.7-inch Quad-HD AMOLED display, it’s Daydream compatible, which also makes it a VR powerhouse. Speaking of oomph, Asus equipped the phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 and a whopping 8GB (!) of RAM. It also features up to 256GB of storage and microSD expansion.

As with other Tango devices, there are four cameras on board — a 23MP f/2.0 main shooter with OIS, an 8-megapixel f/2.0 front-facing camera, a fisheye lens for motion tracking, and an IR projector and sensor for depth sensing. You’ll find a fingerprint reader and capacitive buttons below the screen, and a headphone jack and a USB Type-C port on the bottom. A 3300mAh battery rounds things up for all those power hungry AR and VR apps.

Of course, with Daydream on board, the Asus Zenfone AR runs Android 7.0 (Nougat). No word on pricing, but availability is slated for Q2 2017.