Asus ZenFone AR, the world’s first phone with Google DayDream and Tango support, was launched in India on Thursday at an event in New Delhi, and will go on sale from 4pm IST exclusively on Flipkart. The smartphone was first unveiled back at CES 2017, and its biggest highlight is the presence of 8GB of RAM, apart from, of course, support for Google Tango augmented reality (AR) platform as well as the Google Daydream virtual reality (VR) platform. With a set of sensors and cameras, the ZenFone AR lets users navigate the world of augmented reality with Tango AR apps.
Asus ZenFone AR price in India, launch offers
Asus ZenFone AR price in India is Rs. 49,999, and as we mentioned, 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 (1440×2560 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.