Asus has launched a mid-range smartphone that focuses more on AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality). The Taiwanese multinational company has designed Asus ZenFone Ares features in accordance to match the AR and VR specifications. It also includes SonicMaster 3.0 Hi-Res Audio 384 kHz audio decoder and supports DTS Headphone with 7.1 channel support. Asus ZenFone Ares specs are identical to that of ZenFone AR that was launched last year in India for Rs 49,999.
Asus has embedded Android 7.0 Nougat in the ZenFone Ares. The company didn’t make any announcement regarding the OS update to newer version. Unlike many other smartphones, Asus has the fingerprint sensor on the home button of the smartphone.
The device is packed with 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2560x1440 pixels and a standard 16:9 aspect ratio. In terms of processor, the Asus Zenfone Ares is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset coupled with the 6GB and 8GB RAM variants. The device is offered in four inbuilt storage models of 32GB/64GB/128GB/256GB with an expandable storage slot that can hold a micro SD card of up to 2TB capacity.
The camera of the Asus ZenFone Ares is specific to the AR and VR requirements. The 23-megapixel back camera comes with high-res PixelMaster 3.0 lens, which offers features like HDR mode, Low Light Mode, Super Resolution Mode 4X resolution, depth of field mode, GIF Animation Mode, Panorama Selfie Mode, Miniature Mode, and more. In the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with a f/2.0 aperture.
On the connectivity front, Asus ZenFone Ares supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone is backed by a 3,300mAh battery with Quick charge 3.0 for fast charging. As per the company claims, the battery can be powered up to 60 percent in just 39 minutes using its BoostMaster Fast Charging technology.
Asus ZenFone Ares price is pegged at TWD 9,999, which is about $333. The cost can be altered later at the global launch. As of now, the device is only available in Taiwan only and will be available for purchase at selected retailers.