Asus ZenFone AR, ZenFone 3 launched at CES 2017

Asus launched the ZenFone AR smartphone with 8GB RAM, as well as support for Google’s Tango augmented reality programme and DayDream virtual reality software at the ongoing CES 2017 tech expo in Las Vegas this month.

The company also unveiled the ZenFone 3 Zoom camera smartphone at the event, according to reports.

The Asus ZenFone AR sports a fingerprint scanner at the front embedded in the home button. It sports a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display, with 79 percent screen-to-body ratio. The phone features high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that the company claims has been customized for Tango. The company reportedly said at the event that it will have exclusive Asus ZenUI VR 360 degree app support on PhotoCollage, Gallery, and ZenCircle apps.

The phone features vapour cooling system to avoid overheating. The phone’s camera sports 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. A 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens is seen.

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Meanwhile, Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is believed to be “thinnest and lightest” smartphone featuring a 5000mAh battery.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom sports a dual rear camera setup, with one 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX362 sensor and the other 12-megapixel rear camera featuring a 2.3x optical zoom.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom will be available starting February 2017 and prices for different variants will be announced as and when the launch takes place.

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