Asus launched its ZenFone AR smartphone with 8GB of RAM and support for Google's Tango augmented reality platform at CES 2017 earlier this year and it seems like the company is now ready to bring the handset finally to India. After teasing the smartphone's India launch on social channels last month, the company has now started sending out press invites for a launch event on July 13.
As the company has used "#DareToDream" on teasers for ZenFone AR as well as the launch invite, it is safe to assume that the smartphone will be launched in India on the aforementioned date. In its launch invite, Asus says "Push the boundaries of your imagination," further indicating the augmented reality capabilities offered by the smartphone.
To recall, Asus ZenFone AR comes with support for Google's Daydream VR and Tango AR platform as well. The smartphone comes with a camera arrangement and sensors that allow motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning.
In terms of specifications, the Asus ZenFone AR runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.7-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC that has been claimed to be customised for Tango by the company. As mentioned earlier, the handset comes with an impressive 8GB of RAM.
In terms of optics, Asus ZenFone AR comes with 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. At front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens.
The ZenFone AR comes with up to 256GB of built-in storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) configuration. It houses a 3300mAh battery and connectivity options offered by the smartphone include USB 2.0 Type-C port, Bluetooth v4.2, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity.
The Taiwanese company has previously confirmed that the Asus ZenFone AR features vapour cooling system to avoid overheating. We will not have to wait very long for the Asus ZenFone price in India and availability as the launch date is not far away.