Asus ZenFone AR was launched in USA back in August last year. The smartphone at launch was priced at $599 and has since seen a drop of $499 for its market operating price. We learned that the smartphone is available at $499 via Amazon online retailer.
Notably, the price drop is available only for 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM variant, while the 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM model still listed at $699. This represents a $100 discount over ZenFone AR price for the base variant.
To recall, the handset was first unveiled in CES 2017 and has a set of sensors and cameras, the ZenFone AR lets users navigate the world of augmented reality with Tango AR apps.
The Asus ZenFone AR also supports the Daydream platform, with access to Daydream-supported apps. Apart from the RAM and the AR/ VR support, Taiwanese consumer electronics giant Asus is also touting the camera system on the ZenFone AR, which sports a 23-megapixel rear sensor with dual-PDAF, laser autofocus, OIS, and EIS, apart from motion tracking depth and sensing cameras, as well as an infrared (IR) rangefinder. The ZenFone AR also sports a “premium-crafted metallic diamond-cut” body and bears a fingerprint sensor on the home button.
The dual-SIM 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 color gamut. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC that’s been optimized for Google Tango and Daydream VR performance and is coupled with 6GB / 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM.
On the camera front, the Asus ZenFone AR sports a 23-megapixel rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture, 6P Largan lens, TriTech Focus System (dual-PDAF, laser autofocus, continuous autofocus), RGB sensor for color 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 an 8-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture, an 85-degree wide-angle lens, and dual-LED flash. The front camera offers HDR and real-time beautification modes.