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.



You can now read:


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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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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