While Google has mostly deserted its Project Tango and move on to ARCore, Asus has launched ZenFone Ares, a phone made to deliver good AR and VR functionality. The handset is priced 9,990 (approximately Rs. 22,700), a much-discounted one than the previous ZenFone AR that cost half a lakh Indian Rupees. Pre-orders are now live for the handset in Taiwan through retail outlets of PCHome and it will be available through local retailers in the country.
As for specifications, the ZenFone Ares has a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Super AMOLED display that can help in an ideal VR experience. It also features a Tru2life technology to enhance the same. The processor is a former flagship Snapdragon 821 chipset with 8GB of RAM. The display is bound to be good quality but it is accompanied by great sound. It includes SonicMaster 3.0 Hi-Res Audio 384 kHz audio decoder and supports DTS Headphones with 7.1 channel.
The camera game of the ZenFone Ares seems top notch on paper with a 23MP sensor at the back having f/2.0 aperture. It is capable of depth sensing and motion tracking for AR apps. On the flip side, the front is equipped with an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.
Along with 8GB of RAM, it has tons of native storage, 128GB to be exact, and it is expandable as well. The ZenFone Ares supports 4G LTE, dual SIMs, Bluetooth v4.2 and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Android Nougat onboard is a letdown even with all the VR-ready features and the package has a 3,300mAh battery.