Asus is still launching smartphones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, two generation old flagship chipset. The Taiwanese smartphone maker has silently launched the ZenFone Ares in its home market. The smartphone focuses on features like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) and can be called as the iteration of last year’s ZenFone AR.
In terms of specifications, the ZenFone Ares features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and standard 16:9 aspect ratio. The display comes with oil-repellant coating and has improved outdoor visibility powered by company’s Tru2life technology. Under the hood, the smartphone gets the Snapdragon 821 CPU coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.0 expandable storage.
The hardware is similar to ZenFone AR and it is no surprise that the smartphone is compatible with Google’s ARCore technology. On the camera front, the ZenFone Ares gets a 23-megapixel main camera with high-res PixelMaster 3.0 lens. The camera is capable of motion tracking and depth sensing which will aid in three-dimensional AR effects. The front-camera uses an 8-megapixel sensor which might be decent enough for those standard selfies.
Asus ZenFone Ares runs Android Nougat, which is rather disappointing considering Google is on the verge of releasing Android P for its flagship smartphones. The smartphone, however, does not disappoint in the battery department with 3,300mAh capacity and support for Quick Charge 3.0. The multimedia experience is completed by SonicMaster 3.0 Hi-Res Audio 384kHz audio decoder and support for DTS headphone with 7.1 surround experience.
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The Asus ZenFone Ares will be limited to Taiwan for now and will be available for purchase via select retailers. GSMArena notes that the smartphone is priced at TWD 9,999 (around Rs 22,700), which is respectable for an AR-centric smartphone.