Asus ZenFone AR
From £799.99, uk.store.asus.com
A new Asus phone, eh?
The ZenFone AR is the first smartphone certified for Google Tango (AR) and Daydream (VR), so if you want to experience mobile VR/AR, this is your way in. Although, you’ll have to pay a premium price to do so.
Tell me about the VR and AR stuff
Google Tango and Daydream platforms come fully supported on the ZenFone AR, but to enjoy the full VR experience you’ll need a Google Daydream View headset. The biggest AR/VR-focused innovation on this phone is the Super AMOLED screen designed with an ultra-low-persistence mode to stop the impression of motion blur. That, and the Tri-Cam System fitted at the back.
This phone has three cameras?
Aye. There’s a 23MP main rear camera (a Sony IMX318 with 4:3-shaped sensor) flanked by a motion-tracking camera and a depth-sensing camera. Away from AR/VR needs, there’s an 8MP camera at the front, with optical image stabilisation for good low-light photo quality, plus a range of modes including Super Resolution, which merges several exposures to create a 92MP image.
Crazy! What AR stuff should I try?
You’ll get the best demos from playing AR mobile games or using AR interiors app. Check out Hot Wheels Track Builder, which maps and builds a play room onto a room in your home, Woorld and iStaging.
Okay, I want this. When is the phone coming out?
It’s available to buy now!