Asus was one of the first few manufacturers to release a smartphone with major focus on Augmented Reality. The ZenFone AR was released in India last year with a price tag of Rs. 49,999 which was a major let down given that smartphones from other manufactures with better specifications costed much lesser. However, Asus has launched a similar smartphone, the ZenFone Ares at a price that’s almost half of the original ZenFone AR.
The ZenFone Ares comes packed with several AR and VR related features, thanks to which, the resolution of the display is an impressive 1440×2560 pixels. What’s disappointing here is that the smartphone still sports the now old 16:9 display which is 5.7-inches in size and is a Super AMOLED panel with large bezels rather than an 18:9 panel. The display also comes with Asus’ Tru2life technology which enhances the viewing experience when used with a VR headset.
Under the hood, the Asus Zenfone Ares is powered by the dated yet powerful chip, the Snapdragon 821 coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 2TB. The smartphone is also equipped with SonicMaster 3.0 Hi-Res Audio and DTS headphones with 7.1 channel support for media consumption. On the camera front, there’s a 23MP sensor to the back with an aperture of f/2.0 and support for Asus’ high-res PixelMaster 3.0 technology on top. The rear camera is also capable of motion tracking and depth sensing according to Asus’ claims. The front-facing camera is an 8MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.
Other regular features include a 3300mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and a USB Type-C port. There is also a fingerprint scanner embedded into the home button. Another disappointing aspect is the software, which runs on Android Nougat with no official word regarding an update to Oreo.
The Asus ZenFone Ares is priced at TWD 9,990 in Taiwan which translates to roughly about $330/INR 22,500, but there’s no word as to whether the smartphone will be released in other countries as well. Do you want to see the ZenFone Ares in India? Let us know in the comments section.