Asus ZenFone AR Review

Gwen Vasquez
August 4, 2017

While Big Red will be the only U.S. carrier to sell the Zenfone AR, there's also an unlocked version of the phone for the country - and this one has become available today.

With ASUS ZenFone AR, fans are lucky enough to get their hands on the world's first smartphone that lets users experience both virtual as well as augmented reality. Amazon now offers the unlocked version of the smartphone for just $599, but there's a catch. Now, wrapping all expectations and calculations up, the premium handset manufacturing company has officially launched the Verizon-exclusive smartphone over this weekend. The device boasts a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) screen and is powered by a Snapdragon 821 chipset, paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. It is backed by a 3300mAh non-removable battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. Like other Tango-enabled devices, the most eye-grabbing part of the Zenfone AR is its large camera housing, which contains two lenses, an LED flash, and the sensors that assist with the phone's AR features. Does the Zenfone AR bring Augmented Reality to the mainstream? Tango takes a smartphone and incorporates extra cameras and an IR projector for full 3D vision and six-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) tracking. Verizon's promo video shows the same boring apps we tried a year ago, and early hands-on reports still complain of crashing and general jankiness.

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The ZenFone AR is the first smartphone to have compatibility with both Tango, which is the 3D mapping tech of Google, created to support AR, and Daydream VR. This one is priced at $699.

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