It looks like some smartphone manufacturers are not going to wait till Mobile Congress to showcase their mobile phones.
The Taiwanese company, Asus, revealed two new smartphones at CES 2017– Asus ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom. Both of these are high-end phones by Asus. Although Asus didn’t reveal the detail speciations and price, some basic specs were exhibited at the event. Let’s look at them.
Asus ZenFone AR features:
First of all, Asus ZenFone AR is an AR ready phone like Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. The phone supports Google’s Tango AR technology. This means this phone comes with sensors which will allow motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning for extraordinary AR user experience on a smartphone using apps.
And, to achieve motion tracking and depth perception for great AR experience, this phone sports a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 rear camera with TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, and continuous focus. The front camera on this phone is 8MP and has f/2.0 aperture with an 85-degree wide angle lens.
Similarly, Asus ZenFone AR packs Snapdragon 821 Quad-core processor (the same processor that exists in Goole Pixel (XL) and One Plus 3T) which is supported with 8GB of RAM! Therefore, we can expect some great performance from Asus ZenFone AR.
The 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display, with the resolution of 2,560×1,440 pixels, on Asus ZenFone AR sounds very tempting. Additionally, this phone will come with Android Nougat 7.0. Furthermore, the phone will have up to 256GB of inbuilt storage which will be expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) configuration; a 3300mAh battery; USB 2.0 Type-C port, Bluetooth v4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity.
This heavily loaded phone will be available in February and will be using vapour cooling system to address the problem of over-heating (that comes with high specs phone).
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Features:
Unlike the almighty Asus ZenFone AR, Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is a camera phone that packs an astonishing 5,000mAh Battery. Plus, this is one of the thinnest and lightest phone that will be available in the market. It is 7.9 mm thick and weighs only 170 gms.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom has 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5 on the top. Additionally, Snapdragon 625 processor will power the phone, which is usually used in mid-range phones. Moreover, Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom will come with Android 6.0. However, for other specs like memory, we will have to wait till February.
Since Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is all about photography, let’s look at the features of cameras it packs.
- Two 12-megapixel rear cameras (one 25mm, one 56mm with 2.3x optical zoom) with Sony IMX362 sensor
- A 13-megapixel front-facing selfie camera with a Sony IMX214 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, and screen flash.
- Portrait mode that is similar to the iPhone 7 Plus
- Raw file support
- Full manual mode
- Enhanced low-light sensitivity