January 9, 2017

With the exception of the Google Pixel, it’s been awhile since a smartphone made people go: “Wow, that’s crazy.” ASUS however, wants to change all that.

The Taiwanese company recently unveiled a new smartphone at CES that promises to be a game-changer for augmented reality and virtual reality in mobile devices – and we’ve got to say, it looks absolutely incredible.


Meet the ZenFone AR – a super-sleek, feature-loaded smartphone that could make your life a whole lot easier. How so? Well, this glitzy gadget specialises in 3-D mapping technology with the help of Google Tango.

What Google Tango does for the ZenFone AR is use a total of three cameras to enable motion tracking, depth, and room mapping. This lets you overlay digital images onto the real world, so you can do useful and cool stuff like viewing furniture in your house before actually buying it. The ZenFone AR also has Google Daydream, which makes it compatible with the Google Daydream View VR headset.


A powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor makes the operation of these two functions smooth, but ASUS has something else that will make your jaw drop. Introducing a high-resolution mobile rear camera sensor that combines four 23-megapixel photos to make a 92-megapixel “super resolution” photo.

ASUS claims that this is the highest resolution camera sensor out in the market and that the quality it produces has four times the clarity of a standard HD photo.

Unfortunately, you can’t purchase the phone yet. ASUS has not set a price for the ZenFone AR and it is scheduled for release in Q2 2017. For now though, you can watch the ZenFone AR’s preview video below:

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All images taken from ASUS.