ASUS ZenFone AR with Daydream and Tango officially launched in India

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The ZenFone AR is notably the world's second smartphone - the first being Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro - to support Google's Tango technology. ZenFone AR features a 23 MP camera module with f/2.0 gap at the back with four-hub optical picture stabilization, 3x zoom, and phase identification auto focus The back side of the smart phone packs two more camera modules that track the movement and depth.

Apart from being the first smartphone to feature a massive 8GB RAM, the Zenfone AR also brings with it support for Google Tango Augmented Reality and Daydream Virtual Reality platforms.

Asus has launched today world's first Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready smartphone - Asus ZenFone AR in India which was unveiled in CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

The Asus Zenfone AR is Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready, enabling users to change the way they interact with the world and experience immersive content.

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The tri-camera system has 23MP main camera, a depth-sensing camera and motion-tracking camera with a "Super Resolution" mode that can create massive 92MP image and capture 4K-UHD video. The objective of Daydream is to improve the VR experience on Android phones, and make VR apps and VR video content more accessible to more people. Reliance Jio is putting forth 10GB extra 4G data for every month more than 10 recharges to Asus ZenFone AR clients. The phone certainly looks interesting, but with mobile AR and VR platforms still in their infancy, it's hard to see the device gaining momentum with a mainstream audience.

Asus Zenfone AR features a 5.7-inch WQHD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Asus is also offering Rs 2,500 off when you buy the Daydream VR headset along with the ZenFone AR. At front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens. This phone will be available in 8GB LPDDR4 RAM and internal storage of 128GB expandable to 2TB memory via microSD support. It is further backed by a 3,300mAh battery and supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology that is claimed to charge 60 per cent of the phone in just 39 minutes. It has connectivity options of 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac5 GHz 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C.

Paired with the Asus's aggressive pricing, the Zenfone AR seems to not stand against the competition set by OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S8, and the similarly priced HTC U11.

Asus ZenFone AR has been launched in India, and here are my first impressions. What should be the price of Asus Zenfone AR according to you?

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