Asus which is well known brand in global market came up with an really amazing device named as Asus Zenfone AR. Now, for this particular device Asus has worked a lot. They have cooperated with Google and used high end tech which is available any where in the world to create a product which is just un-imaginable and has possibilities beyond any limits. Now, i am not joking. The device which they created is the world’s first device which came up with AR as well true VR technology which also support Google Tango project which also work fantastically on the device. They have used so many sensors in the device that I don’t even know so many of them as never heard about it ever. This is not enough it is also world’d first device to came up with 8GB RAM which will support its software for all its high end functionality. Seriously i am in love with this device and its functionality due to project tango. You can literary design you whole house by using this device. I think this can be best ever device which a architect and interior designer will use for their professional work.

So, lets check what is comes with and how it all works.

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Asus Zenfone AR Specification

Operating system Android 7.0 with ASUS ZenUI 3.0
Display 5.7-inch 2k Display; 2.5D Curve Glass
1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (515 ppi density)
Processor Snapdragon 821
RAM 8GB
Internal Storage 256GB
MicroSD up to 256GB
Battery 3300mAh
Rear Camera 23MP,
LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Dimensions 158.7 x 77.7 x 9 mm
Weight 170 g

Box Content

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  1. Asus Zenfone AR
  2. Manual
  3. USB Cable
  4. Charging Brick
  5. HD Earphones

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Design & Built

Coming to the built part of the phone; here we get great metal built all over, with big camera and other sensors at the back panel of the phone. The back panel is non-removable and gives you premium leather feel all over. The device consist of 5.7″ Quad HD Display still feels so handy while using it in single hand. It fits perfectly in your hand and the luxury of the phone can be seen very easily. Each and material which they have used in Asus Zenfone AR is premium and high Quality.

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Starting with the design part; at the front top we get a 8-megapixel camera beside it whole has whole lot of sensors and a LED notification light which is a multi color notification LED. Beside it we get a earpiece and nothing much.

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Coming to the lower side we get a 5.7-inch Quad HD Display (2K Display) which is covered with 2.5D curve glass as well as a Gorilla Glass 4. The curve glass  gently melds in along with the curved sides, thus making it a joy to hold in the hands without any fatigue.

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Coming little bit down it house back capacitive keys which do light up. Between back capacitive keys it houses a Home button which is also press able and also holds up a fingerprint sensor which is incredibly fast. Same as what we get in Oneplus. now you can imagine.

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Turning the phone to the down side here we get a 3.5mm audio jack which is used to plug earphones and headphones and this is really appreciated they have not removed that precious jack. Beside that we get a Primary Mic, USB Type C port which support OTG as well as Fast charging. We also get a properly metal crafted speaker which is incredibly loud and we can also increase the volume further by making the setting to outdoor mode, which i think is more than enough for a music lover.

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Coming to the right side of the phone here we get Volume rockers and power lock key. Both the buttons are made up of metal and also has a pattern feel on it which also get premium and luxury feel to the device while using it.

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Turning to the other side here we get a Hybrid SIM tray slot which support Dual Nano Sim at the same time or we can even insert a Micro SD card in it that to up to 2TB. It can also be increased if better capacity cards get available in the market.

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Further moving to the top side of the phone here we get only single vent for secondary noise cancellation MIC, nothing else which we need to mention over here.

Finally coming to the back side of the phone here we get two no visible antenna lines, Primary 23 -megapixel camera which is surrounded with so many sensors. We also get dual Led Flash, Laser sensors and many other which is used by different application in controlling AR and VR functionality. Like phase detection autofocus, depth & motion tracking sensors etc. Camera also support OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) which makes the video quality way more stable. I think this is the only device till now in the market which is having such large sensors which can actually work properly for every Augmented reality work and other stuff. Personally my cousin was using it as she is a well known Architect and words which i get to know about this device is just great. This device is just a dream come true for them. Previously she need to make each product design in the software and make it show to the client but now she can easily just place the phone add different object and place everything accordingly. Best device i think for architects, interior designers and other users.

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Display

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Display of Asus Zenfone AR comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD Display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and 515 ppi density. The display gives you the ratio of 16:9, which means no extra side black bars while watching movies or videos. With this price and feature i think giving Quad HD is the another best part if the phone. The Display colors are sharp tone and watching movies, and playing games look not even great but awesome. While watching a movie on to the phone give you immense experience. The Sunlight legibility is also good because of its really great brightness. No complaints regarding sunlight legibility. The front panel is also coated with a Gorilla Glass 4 which also adds up better protection to this large awesome display.

Viewing Angle is good, and blacks are decent enough. While watching movies from odd angle won’t affect you in any way. Overall no complaints with the display rather I loved it as nothing else can be expected and nothing much higher till now in phones are available.

Performance

The phone comes with a latest Snapdragon processor which is Snapdragon 821 processor which features a 8 GB Ram. This combo makes it a top Notch device. I know now Snapdragon 835 processor is common but still this device is a beast with so many features and sensors in it. Out of 256 GB of internal storage, you get about 214 GB free after that you can also expand it to up to 2TB as the phone support dedicated tray for Micro SD Card.

We get Antutu Score of 156740 and certain other scores are also good. With this screen size and great selfie, they have also given all the sensors which are i think available in the market till now. Not even a single sensor is being left out in the market. We can use this smartphone with a VR headset also.

Coming to the gaming part, we can play almost all games. In my use, i have not seen any lag or frame drops even in Asphalt 8 high setting. Every game even in the high-end setting is working well. I have tried playing most of the games like Asphalt 8, Shadow Fight 3, Batman, Bully and Adreno 530 GPU with the support of Snapdragon 821 processor work well. I have also not seen any heating issue while long gaming in DELHI, INDIA Temperature.

Camera

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The Zenfone AR back camera comes with a 23-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture, with added different sensor which help to take some great shots with this device. We also get optical image stabilization (OIS) in back as well as front facing camera which is not highlighted by the brand. Rest, there is no major change in any hardware part of camera in Asus Zenfone AR.

Rest I am gonna attach some Camera Samples below which will help you our to get battery idea about phone front as well as back camera.

Camera Samples

Battery

Battery on the smartphone is pegged at 3300mAh allowing you to sail through an entire day even with aggressive usage and continuous photography. it took me approx 1.5 Hours to charge from 0 to 100% using its default charger which support Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Battery usage of the device is good. It will easily go to last you more than a day because of good software optimization.

You will not find even a single complaint regarding the battery part of this phone.

Verdict

Overall i am just loving the device. The main thing which i noticed is that, there is no awareness about the product in the market. I asked different top architects and interior designers no one have any info about such product available in the market.

Pros

  • All sensors
  • Great Built
  • Quick Charge 3.0
  • Hardware Beast
  • Best in AR(Augmented Reality) and VR(Virtual Reality)

Cons

  • Bit higher at Price
  • No awareness
  • Less AR apps
  • Starting phase of AR

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