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ASUS ZenFone AR with 8GB RAM launched in PH

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IT is the world’s first smartphone with 8GB of RAM. It is the first device to support Google’s Daydream virtual-reality and Tango augmented-reality platforms. And it is landing in the Philippines in July — for a price. Say hello to the ASUS ZenFone AR (click for complete specs).

The phone, just launched in the country, will retail at P44,995 or about $898, P4,000 ($80) more than in the company’s native Taiwan. That’s on the steep side, but something that we are not surprised about.

First, ASUS has taken a different direction price-wise starting with its ZenFone 3 series; the smartphones in the lineup are not really as wallet-friendly anymore. Second, market-research TrendForce has already warned us that the new crop of handsets may be more expensive as brands raise hardware specifications of their products.

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In case you haven’t heard, the ASUS ZenFone AR has three cameras on its back, and they act as one while in AR mode. One cam detects the distance between objects; the other tracks the device in real time as it is being operated; and the third, a 23-megapixel camera with optical and electronic image stabilization, captures stills and up to 4K videos.

ASUS’ ‘Meet the ZenFone AR’ video

It doesn’t have the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset; what it uses is a Snapdragon 821, but the chip is already optimized for Tango. The screen is a 5.7-inch quad-HD AMOLED, and the ZenUI 3.0 is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. The battery capacity is only 3,300mAh, and that may be a problem when you consider that 8GB of RAM is battery-draining. Well, at least it’s been fitted with a special cooling system to prevent its internals from frying.

READ ALSO: 10 smartphones in PH with batteries above 4,000mAh

So, what do you think? Is the ASUS ZenFone AR worth plunking down P44,995 for?

Image via Stuff Taiwan

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 18 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.