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Asus ZenFone AR Will Go on Sale in Mid-June, Says CEO Jerry Shen

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The Asus ZenFone AR finally has a release date. First unveiled at CES 2017 with a Q2 2017 launch date, the smartphone was then revealed by Google at its I/O developer conference to launch this summer. Now, on the sidelines of Computex 2017, Asus CEO Jerry Shen revealed the smartphone would launch in Taiwan in mid-June, and then the US in late-June or early-July.

The ZenFone AR’s availability was revealed by Shen to Engadget, which notes that about 50 of the 100 Tango AR apps now run stably on the smartphone. To recall, the Asus ZenFone AR is one of the first smartphones to sport 8GB of RAM, and, is the second smartphone with Tango support, Google’s augmented reality platform. It also supports Daydream, Google’s new VR platform.

As for specifications, the Asus ZenFone AR sports a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD (1440×2560 pixels) and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 8GB of RAM.

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Asus ZenFone AR’s camera sports a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 module with TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, and continuous-focus. The rear camera supports 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilisation) as well as 3-axis EIS (electronic image stabilisation) for video recording alongside support for 4K video recording. The company has opted for a 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens.

Other specifications include up to 256GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) configuration; a 3300mAh battery; USB 2.0 Type-C port, as well as Bluetooth v4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity.

Asus ZenFone AR


General

Alternate names ZS571
Form factor Touchscreen
Battery capacity (mAh) 3300
Removable battery No
Colours Black
SAR value NA

Display

Screen size (inches) 5.70
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1440×2560 pixels

Hardware

Processor quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
RAM 6GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128

Camera

Rear camera 23-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel

Software

Operating System Android 7.0
Skin ZenUI

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
NFC Yes
Infrared No
USB OTG No
FM No
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No

Sensors

Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
Temperature sensor No