Asus ZenFone AR
Hello, Friends! Today, I’m going to take a look at Asus ZenFone AR Review. This smartphone designed for the future. So sophisticated that it may not be suitable for everyone. So, let’s find out-
ZenFone AR’s primary design is not that great. Because of its unique design of the camera, we categorize it as a different smartphone. ZenFone AR has a 9mm thickness, so it’s classified as a thin smartphone. While off, the front part reminds us Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 because both are a bit square and have a physical home button.
Moreover, the design of the antenna is also similar. For daily use, ZenFone AR is very nice to hold. The dimension of the body may be rather significant because of the 5.7-inch screen. But what makes it beautiful is the leather material on the back of its body. Therefore, it will not feel slippery, and it does not get easily dirty.
Usually, most smartphones have power buttons and volume rockers on both sides. ZenFone AR is different. The power and volume keys are all placed on the right aspect of the smartphone. Automatically, our left thumb will not do other things, except typing.
Asus pinned fingerprint sensor on the physical Home Button. Unfortunately, we have to turn on the screen first to open the lock screen with our fingerprints. Fortunately, the accuracy is high and fast.
The display panel is Super AMOLED, which is more efficient than IPS, but the resolution that reaches Quad HD takes a lot of power. But at least, I will be spoiled by its excellent screen quality. This medium is the best ZenFone smartphone’s screen available today. Even ZenFone 3 Deluxe only has full HD resolution.
On paper, ZenFone AR’s camera specification is quite creepy. In the back of the body, there are three cameras; namely the primary camera of 23-megapixels with Phase detection autofocus and 4-axis OIS, the second camera or motion tracking acts to detect movement, and the last one, depth sensing, is to measure object distance with laser help. The camera capability is more or less similar to ZenFone 3 Deluxe. Its features are similar. Surely, 23-Megapixels is a guarantee to produce sharp images. But what you should note is the shutter lag that is less nimble in the low-light situation. So, it will be difficult for us to take pictures of children without getting any blur when it is a lack of light.
AR & VR: –
Once again, we need to emphasize that ZenFone AR is the world’s first smartphone that supports Tango and Daydream all at once. Tango is great to enjoy augmented reality content, and daydream is for virtual reality content. The ZenFone AR sales box cover can transform into a simple VR headset. But if you want to enjoy a more qualified Daydream’s VR, we must but a Daydream headset.
Meanwhile, Google Tango’s augmented reality technology allows us to play with virtual objects inside the smartphone screen. This technology is certainly more useful than virtual reality. Since we can do many things, starting from simple things like measuring objects, simulating spatial planning, learning and seeing new things virtually, to having fun with unique and creative games. But to keep in mind, neither VR nor AR content is entirely useful for today’s daily usage.
VR and AR are like technology for the future because the supporting ecosystem is not yet fully available. Also, VR and AR require extra hardware work, so the smartphone would easily heat up.
Bringing Tango and Daydream technology, ZenFone AR must have brought a monstrous hardware as well. Although many people deplore the chipset that still Snapdragon 821, we can say that for daily use, this chipset is still very powerful. Moreover, its RAM capacity is 8GB, and its maximum internal storage reaches 256GB.
Therefore, do not be surprised if the AnTuTu score exceeds other smartphones, which use Snapdragon 821 in general. This smartphone earned 150 thousand points.
How’s the gaming performance?
No need to ask for more, the performance is fast. Unfortunately, ZenFone AR heats up quite quickly. The warm nuance will be felt in the rear body, starting from the camera area to the left and right of the body. It will start heating if you use it to play games or use the camera for more than 5 minutes. Also, all the advanced technology and large specs that it carries are not supported by an extra battery.
We will shorten our discussion about the software. ZenFone AR is still loyal to Android 7.0 Nougat. In this smartphone, there are many ASUS built-in applications that some of them can be called as bloatware since it’s never been used.
Out of many default apps that installed, the two most important ones are Google Tango and Daydream. This is because ZenFone AR is the first smartphone in the world that has already supported the two latest technologies from Google. You also have an unusual feature on ZenFone’s smartphone, which is Always-on display. This feature is similar to a feature on Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6, which serves as a timer and notification.
The capacity is rather standard, that is 3300mAh that it certainly is not enough. As a result, the average Screen on time that I got is very rare, which is five hours. The screen is also one of the causes of why ZenFone AR consumes a lot of energy.
Asus ZenFone AR is a smart and elegant smartphone that is more suitable for the future. It’s especially is on the support of virtual reality and augmented reality technology that it carries. If you need both of the technologies, then ZenFone AR is the best choice right now.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Asus ZenFone AR||Rs. 49,999|
|Asus ZenFone AR||$ 599.00|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano, Dual Standby)|
|BODY||Dimensions||158.7 x 77.7 x 9mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2560p (515 PPI)|
|CAMERA||Rear||23-MP, F/2.0, OIS (4-axis), 3X Zoom, PDAF, depth and motion tracking sensor|
|Front||8-MP, F/2.0, 1080p|
|Features||1/2.6″ sesnor size, 1 μm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB/128GB/256GB, 6GB/8GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Accelerometer, barometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, & Radio|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm heaadphone jack|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 3300 mAh|