Qualcomm may have spoiled Asus’ ZenFone AR, but that still left the smartphone with a few surprises of its own. The ZenFone AR is special in the sense that it is the first phone to market that combines both Project Tango and Daydream into a single device, and it would appear that it needs some beefy internals to pull that off.
Inside the ZenFone AR is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. It’s a current generation chip that performs relatively well, and is perfectly fine for handling the demands of augmented and virtual reality. Paired with this is a whopping 8GB RAM, which is a lot more than we expected to find. It also ships with Android Nougat.
The demands of Project Tango is provided by the new Asus TriCam system, which is basically a triple camera setup. The primary camera has a massive 23MP sensor, which results in a camera bump that resembles the Lumia 950. Backing this are paired motion sensing and depth sensing cameras. Combined, this allows the ZenFone AR to sense the dimensions of its surroundings.
All this is housed behind a 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display. The screen size and camera setup leads us to believe that the ZenFone AR is a colossal piece of technology, although we will try to verify this should we get the chance.
There’s no pricing for the Asus ZenFone AR just yet, but we don’t expect it to be all that affordable. Asus is also keeping mum on when the device will be shipping.