Good news: At the Computex computer expo in Taipei, ASUS has finally confirmed that it will roll out to different markets soon. The Philippines and, of course, its native Taiwan will get the device in June, ahead of everyone else. The United States and Canada will have it by July.
Earlier, on May 25, ASUS India director for mobile product center Dinesh Sharma revealed that the ZenFone AR will be launched in the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market within two months. So the rollout in India should be by July as well.
No price has been announced yet, but when asked if the device will cost more than the Samsung Galaxy S8+, ASUS CEO Jerry Shen did say to international tech site Engadget that they “won’t dare charge more than that.” In the Philippines, the 64GB variant of the bigger S8 costs P45,990 or roughly $922.
The ASUS ZenFone AR will not cost more than the Samsung Galaxy S8+.
As mentioned earlier, the ASUS ZenFone AR is the first device to support both Tango and Daydream. Tango is Google’s augmented-reality system for smartphones, which enables new experiences in apps and games by bringing virtual objects to real-world settings. Daydream VR, on the other hand, is a virtual-reality platform built directly into Android. Watch the first part of this video to understand the two.
ASUS’ ‘Meet the ZenFone AR’ video
The ASUS ZenFone AR’s chipset isn’t Qualcomm’s latest and greatest; there’s only a Snapdragon 821 here, but it has been optimized for Tango. Also, the RAM is a whopping 8GB. There’s a variant with lesser RAM — 6GB to be exact; however, even that is still large by today’s standards.
Up front is a 5.7-inch quad-HD AMOLED screen, and inside is a 3,300mAh battery. And because AR and VR apps can cause a lot of heat when being used, there’s a special cooling system that prevents the internals from getting fried. To see the phone’s complete specs, swing by this page.
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