Asus Zenfone AR is the first phone with 8GB of RAM, but there's something else special about it

Imagine being able to accurately see how furniture will fit in your home, how exactly clothes fit on your body without even wearing them, and imagine being able to play immersive games with your current environment as the map.

That is the promise of augmented reality (AR), and the newly-unveiled Asus Zenfone AR is one of the first phone that has got the complicated chops to support all those functionalities.

The Asus Zenfone AR is a sleek, 5.7" device with all the regular features of your modern-day smartphone: a high-res Quad HD display, a fingerprint scanner, the powerful Snapdragon system chip, but also a complicated set-up of cameras on the back. Here is how it all works together.

Augmented Reality (AR) features

The Asus Zenfone AR is one of the first phones that are Google Tango-enabled. Google's Tango project is an effort that makes it possible to create indoor, 3D maps, and it requires a set-up with three cameras: a motion tracking, a depth-tracking and room mapping one.

In Zenfone AR the camera system features one of the latest Sony IMX 318 sensors with a 23MP resolution, in addition to a motion tracking and depth sensing cameras. This allows the phone to not only track the motion of objects, but also learn an area and have an accurate perception of depth.

Rigth now, there are over 35 AR apps available, which is clearly not enough, but it's a start, and the focus in 2017 will be on getting more interesting AR content.

Asus also demoed a new way for people shop to for clothing with the official GAP AR application, which made it much easier to see how exactly garments fit on a model.

The rest: 8GB of RAM, special Snapdragon 821, Daydream-ready

The Asus Zenfone AR is a sleek phone that does not look like the tanky Tango devices of before. It features a 5.7" Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) Super AMOLED display, with an impressive 79% screen-to-body ratio, which is a great fit for Daydream. Indeed, the phone is Daydream-ready as well.

Under the hood, it runs on the Snapdragon 821, tweaked to deliver the specific performance required for Tango. On board is also 8GB of RAM. This makes the Zenfone AR one of the first phones with 8 gigs of RAM on board, but it is really the augmented reality that is the king here.

Price and Release date

The Asus Zenfone AR release date is set for the second quarter of 2017, but we don't yet know which exact markets it will come to. Hopefully, the United States will be one of them. Right now, Asus has not unveiled an official price for the Zenfone AR, but those details will likely be coming in the near future.

source: Asus

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ZenFone AR
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(14h talk time)




Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Why no SD835?

3. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Because SD821 can run anything whitout lag ? Keep cost down? SOC not ready or available yet?

2. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Using a dated chip is a big mistake.

6. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Please explain to me how dated the SD821 is and how many phones have it?

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2450; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You do realize that if they put in a Snapdragon 835 this thing would cost a lot more than most are willing to spend, right? I will be amazed if they can keep it at around $500 considering the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro with it's Snapdragon 652 and 4GB of RAM cost $500. Not to mention that Google Tango probably didn't have support for the 835 chipset when this was being created. From what I've read, Google has to have some development process to ensure Tango works with these various chipsets. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro used a custom GPU made for Tango, so I'm not sure whether this one is just using a standard GPU or not.

10. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

The HTC Bolt came out at the end of 2016 with SD810.. now that's dated.

4. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

A processor that's a couple of months old is outdated? LOL

11. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Come 836 in a few months and somebody will cry that 835 is obsolete. People are so into hype of fast technology dev they didn't realize they don't need the latest socs if they're only doing casual things on their phones.

5. yalokiy

Posts: 1051; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Wow, 8GB, that's as much as my home laptop has!

7. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Yes but don't get too emotional. if your laptop have 8gb I assume it have good cpu. Far better than a simple 821.

8. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Reading the specs and everything is good, then I saw the battery. 8gb ram is great but since I used to own an asus, I can say they suck at optimizing memory and battery drain issues. Asus will slap a large price tag on this so they make sure this 8gb will be utilized properly.

12. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Bravo asus this is innovative with first 8GB RAM and speedy processor.

13. SailfishOS

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

So when it was said "Google is closely working with Nokia/HMD" It probably meant having Tango and Daydream as the core part of upcoming phones?

14. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

More RAM is great, but it is not innovative as some here are claiming. It's just more of something already out there.

15. civicsr2cool

Posts: 273; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

8GB of RAM but yet its impossible to find a normal sized phone with more than 1GB of RAM..

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