Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, ZenFone AR with 8GB RAM go official

Asus has unveiled at CES new smartphones with augmented and virtual reality features.

In addition to boasting of all the fancy new VR features, the ZenFone AR also comes with 8GB of RAM on board, making it the first smartphone to have the honor.

Seeing that Tango wasn't functional with this device, our first impressions of the Zenfone AR basically equate to this being a good and powerful Android smartphone, but that's about it until we can see it in action with Tango. However, this time around Asus went with the dual-camera solution, thus the magnification is just 2.3x compared to 3x in the original Zenfone Zoom.

Regarding battery, the Asus Zenfone AR comes with a 3300mAh battery with Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0 on-board.

Gap's Global President Jeff Kirwan demonstrated its augmented reality app DressingRoom, which allows the clothing brand's customers to model clothes on a virtual mannequin and view it from different angles.

The Phab2 Pro may have beaten the ZenFone off the mark, but the newer phone outdoes it in most regards.

The Zenfone AR is powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor, like the Google Pixel, as well as an Adreno 530 GPU and 6GB of RAM. Both handsets will launch this year. Project Tango aims at creating indoor, 3D maps wherein one of the three cameras works for motion-tracking, the other for depth-tracking and the third one for room mapping. Other specifications include a 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display and a vapor cooling system to prevent overheating. The Zenfone AR will be the world's first VR and AR smartphone since it'll be packed with Tango and Daydream. It is designed around a machine vision with a camera also.

Once that intel is made available, we'll let you know.

At a CES event, Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer Asus has finally announced the Asus Zenfone AR. The rear cameras also integrate optical image stabilization (OIS), electronic image stabilization (EIS), and 4K video capture.

To support these experiences, Asus has stuffed the ZenFone AR full of high-end specs.

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