Asus announced two new smartphones in this year's CES event. I'm talking about the ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom.
The ZenFone AR is the second smartphone to come with support for Tango , Google's augmented reality (AR) system. The Zenfone AR follows the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. The Asus model takes things a step further, since it also supports Daydream, Google's VR functionality built into Android Nougat. So if you buy a Zenfone AR you can choose to immerse yourself either in augmented reality or virtual reality, depending on your mood. Unfortunately , you can't combine both - for now you can only use Daydream apps when the phone is inside a Daydream VR headset, and Tango apps when it's in Tango mode.
The Zenfone AR sports a 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED touchscreen, and it's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 chipset powered by a whopping 8GB of RAM - the first in the world. The main camera is a 23 Megapixel shooter with Sony's IMX318 sensor, with OIS, EIS, and 4K video recording. Thanks to Google's Tango requirements, on the back there's also a motion tracking camera and a fisheye depth-sensing camera.
The smartphone will be released in the second quarter of this year, either in April, May, or June.
The Zenfone 3 Zoom also has a main camera with optical zoom like its predecessors .
Unlike its predecessors, this time around Asus chose the dual-camera setup, so the magnification is just 2.3x compared to 3x in the original Zenfone Zoom. Just like the iPhone 7, the lenses of the new device work together to create the bokeh effect that blurs the background of your pictures while keeping the subject in focus.
The zoom is fixed on one 12 Megapixel lens, while the other lens is a 12 Megapixel wide-angle 1/2.5" unit with f/1.7 aperture and Sony's IMX362 sensor.
The phone is just 7.83mm thin and weighs about 170g. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 5 on top, the Snapdragon 625 SoC at the helm, and a huge 5,000 mAh battery. It will be available in February, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow which is very disappointing, and i assume Asus will share more details on its other specs before then.
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