Call Quality


Fortunately, there’s nothing major to report here. Calls came through clearly on the ZenFone AR, whether it be for the caller or the receiver of the call.

Battery Life


Yeesh. Well, as you can see from our custom drain test, the ZenFone AR is far from a power miser. In fact, it’s pretty bad. Coming in at 5 hours and 21 minutes, the battery alone seems to take it out of flagship contention. It seems that all the heat it generates is an indicator of its low efficiency. Lasting a full day of use with this device is a tough task, which will require a lot of cutbacks. Re-charge time is also unimpressive, with its “fast charger” filling the phone in an hour and 45 minutes.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Asus ZenFone AR 5h 21 min (Poor)
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 7h 3 min (Average)
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe 5h 27 min (Poor)
OnePlus 5 9h 18 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Asus ZenFone AR 105
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 100
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe 84
OnePlus 5 99

Conclusion



If you’re an Asus fan, we suggest waiting for the ZenFone 4 Pro to see if the problems found here are remedied in the company’s true flagship device. If AR is super important to you, then you can buy the ZenFone AR and know that you’ll have a decently performing phone with dreadful battery life, heating issues, and an inconsistent camera behind its marquee feature. Otherwise, in the $600 - $700 range – and even below this – there’s a wealth of better options. The LG G6, OnePlus 5, U11 – even the Galaxy S8 is now within this price-point. It’s hard to see why anyone should choose the ZenFone AR over these better executed, better looking, flagship heavyweights.



Pros

  • Quick performance
  • ZenUI affords a lot of customization
  • Only phone with both Tango (AR) and Daydream (VR)

Cons

  • Heats up very easily
  • Battery life is awful
  • Camera is very inconsistent with color capture; details sometimes as well
  • Confusing menu layouts, with no useful search option
  • Price pits it against some of the best in smartphones today

PhoneArena Rating:

6.5

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5 Comments

1. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Pointless hardware without proper software optimisation.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7692; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's AR will be superior to Apple's AR by a mile, especially when it has hardware designed to take advantage of it. Plus it has proper software. It has both Tango and Daydream VR. Plus for 600 it comes at a reasonable price for what you are getting. This Corey guy talks about how Google Assistant is missing. Yet like All Androids it's so easy to install a launcher, which will fix that. Corey why a score of 6.5? What are you comparing this device to? Please explain yourself, especially when you have it that score and never stated why it got that score.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7526; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Every post you write reads like a classic case of Aspergers Syndrome. Everything from the structure, to your obsession with posing as a source of knowledge despite being proven false on NUMEROUS occasions. You should probably see a doctor and get the proper diagnosis.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7692; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yeah OK, I will believe what ever you say, especially when it comes from an iDiot.

5. CoreyG

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 04, 2017

Yes, I'm aware that you can remedy the Google Assistant today screen, I was simply noting that this is a change on the Verizon variant, not that Google Assistant was missing. As for the score, the camera is not very good, the device gets too warm too easily and too often, battery life is awful, and for the price you can get a number of flagships which perform much better in all these categories. Like I say though, if AR is super important to you then you can buy this phone and get good execution in this area, but you'll be sacrificing the aforementioned areas to get it. You can find all this in my conclusion/pros and cons : )
ZenFone AR
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    ASUS Zen UI

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