Specs summary

Screen
5.7"

The Asus ZenFone AR's screen is 5.7 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.35 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 pro Quad core 2.35 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
23+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 23+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64/128/256 GB

Internal memory is 32/64/128/256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 13.2 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



Augmented reality can't quite save Asus' Zenfone AR from its boring design and excessive price.

- Christian De Looper , Digital Trends 

ASUS's ZenFone AR is the second Tango phone on the market, and it's a big improvement for people itching to try augmented reality.

- Chris Velazco , Engadget 

Reviews summary

6.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 22 reviews

What's good

  • Crisp, bright display
  • Tons of storage space
  • Good performance
  • Excellent camera
  • Project Tango support
  • Google Daydream support

What's bad

  • Price
  • Poor app selection for Tango/Daydream content
  • So-so battery life

Google’s Project Tango has seen one certified device to date—the Lenovo Phab2. ASUS’s latest release brings Tango goodness to a more portable device that includes updated specs and a premium design.

But does the experience justify the price? Reviewers have augmented their world and strapped on headsets to see what they think.

Let’s see what they have to say!

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Out of the gate, the design and materials used for the ZenFone AR impressed reviewers. The metal edges and leather-like back provided a sturdy feeling and plenty of grip. However, the phone is not IP rated, so be careful around water.

Heading around front, reviews stay positive. The 5.7-inch 1440-by-2560 AMOLED display earned praise for it’s inky blacks and excellent contrast. Reviewers had no issues with noticing pixels or image crispness—even when strapped into a Google Daydream headset. They also praised the phone for its brightness, noting that it was easy to see when outdoors.

Powering those pixels, you’ll find a quad-core 2.35Ghz Snapdragon 821 processor. While it’s not the fastest processor available in 2017, pairing it with 6 or 8GB of RAM satisfied most reviewers.

Digital Trends noted, “Virtual objects in AR mode respond quickly to interaction, though we did encounter some stutters.” However, for everything else, including graphics-intensive games and multitasking, reviews are great.

Depending on the model, the phone offers between 32 and 256GB of internal storage. If you should need more, microSD support makes it easy to add up to 2TB more room for your apps, games, music and video.

One area where reviewers weren’t as pleased with the phone is the software. While it ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat—and Oreo support is promises—ASUS’s ZenUI didn’t suit most reviewers. Engadget summed up opinions well saying, “Some people will surely appreciate all of the options ASUS offers here, but fans of stock Android will want to run, not walk, away from this thing.”

That said, there was no complaints about bloatware—even with carrier branded phones.

The phone features a powerful camera and sensors used to power the Tango AR features. But reviewers also found it great for photography. The 23MP rear camera includes three different focusing methods and optical image stabilization. The front-facing 8MP lens is simpler, but still produced clear shots in decent lighting.

Talking about the cameras, SlashGear said, “The Pixel has one of the best smartphone-based cameras in the world right this minute and ASUS ZenFone AR is one of the few devices whose camera comes close.”

But fancy features and powerful specs don’t mean anything if the phone can’t last through a day. And, unfortunately, reviewers had mixed experiences for battery life. They agreed that for light usage, a full day on a single charge is possible. But many of them complained that even a few hours of VR and AR use and they’d need to search for a charger to last the day.

Fortunately, the included BoostMaster Fast Charging support means that the phone is compatible with nearly every fast charging system available. The charger included in the box saw top-offs of 50% or more in only 30 minutes.

Despite this praise, reviewers were still hesitant to recommend the phone for two reasons.

The first is the price. The phone costs as much as some of this years flagship releases without the specs to match.

The second is software. While the phone is the first to support both Google Daydream and Project Tango in a single device, reviewers didn’t find many compelling apps on either platform.

In the end, if you’re looking for performance, there’s better value elsewhere. And if you’re looking for an exceptional AR/VR experience, the market isn’t quite there yet.


Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)


Notebookcheck

A decent yet overpriced smartphone

from Notebookcheck

The Asus ZenFone AR is a well-made, high-quality smartphone with WQHD OLED display, more than adequate performance for everyday apps and games, and very fast communication modules.

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The Asus ZenFone AR is a well-made, high-quality smartphone with WQHD OLED display, more than adequate performance for everyday apps and games, and very fast communication modules.

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The Mobile Indian

Good for show-off but not at a cost of a fortune

from The Mobile Indian

The Asus Zenfone AR does a pretty impressive job in handling most of the virtual and augmented reality apps. Though the whole AR and VR experience work really good, still, it is just not the right time to buy a smartphone just for these experiences, as it really needs to grow at an exponential rate to offer more to the consumers, especially in terms of productivity and everyday usability.

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The Asus Zenfone AR does a pretty impressive job in handling most of the virtual and augmented reality apps. Though the whole AR and VR experience work really good, still, it is just not the right time to buy a smartphone just for these experiences, as it really needs to grow at an exponential rate to offer more to the consumers, especially in terms of productivity and everyday usability.

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Pocket-lint

You know when you've been Tango'd

from Pocket-lint

The Asus ZenFone AR came just at the wrong time. It's one of those strange cases where all of its technological advancement is redundant straight out of the box. As surprised as we are to see it launched, it's still kind of exciting to see what Tango could have become.

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The Asus ZenFone AR came just at the wrong time. It's one of those strange cases where all of its technological advancement is redundant straight out of the box. As surprised as we are to see it launched, it's still kind of exciting to see what Tango could have become.

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The Inquirer

Feels like a phone for early adopters

from The Inquirer

For eight hundred notes, you've a right to expect something a bit special. While the Asus ZenFone's screen certainly is, and the support for virtual reality is solid, everything else about the device screams 'mid range'. And the lack of proper waterproofing and poor battery life is a real let-down.

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For eight hundred notes, you've a right to expect something a bit special. While the Asus ZenFone's screen certainly is, and the support for virtual reality is solid, everything else about the device screams 'mid range'. And the lack of proper waterproofing and poor battery life is a real let-down.

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Poor battery life quickly brings you back to reality

from V3

For eight hundred notes, you've a right to expect something a bit special. While the Asus ZenFone's screen certainly is, and the support for virtual reality is solid, everything else about the device screams 'mid range'. And the lack of proper waterproofing and poor battery life is a real let-down.

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For eight hundred notes, you've a right to expect something a bit special. While the Asus ZenFone's screen certainly is, and the support for virtual reality is solid, everything else about the device screams 'mid range'. And the lack of proper waterproofing and poor battery life is a real let-down.

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PhoneArena

Quick performance, battery life is awful

from PhoneArena

If you’re an Asus fan, we suggest waiting for the ZenFone 4 Pro to see if the problems found here are remedied in the company’s true flagship device. If AR is super important to you, then you can buy the ZenFone AR and know that you’ll have a decently performing phone with dreadful battery life, heating issues, and an inconsistent camera behind its marquee feature.

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If you’re an Asus fan, we suggest waiting for the ZenFone 4 Pro to see if the problems found here are remedied in the company’s true flagship device. If AR is super important to you, then you can buy the ZenFone AR and know that you’ll have a decently performing phone with dreadful battery life, heating issues, and an inconsistent camera behind its marquee feature.

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Phone Scoop

For augmented reality and virtual reality enthusiasts

from Phone Scoop

If you're looking for a smartphone with average looks and somewhat above average performance, the Asus Zenfone AR fits that bill. The design is rather plebeian, but the screen, battery life, voice, and data performance all exceeded my expectations. The Android operating system is as customizable and flexible as ever, though I'm not the biggest fan of Asus's IS skin and Verizon's bloatware.

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If you're looking for a smartphone with average looks and somewhat above average performance, the Asus Zenfone AR fits that bill. The design is rather plebeian, but the screen, battery life, voice, and data performance all exceeded my expectations. The Android operating system is as customizable and flexible as ever, though I'm not the biggest fan of Asus's IS skin and Verizon's bloatware.

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Digital Trends

Gimmicky augmented reality features are not worth the asking price

from Digital Trends

Augmented reality, at least on the Zenfone AR, largely feels like a gimmick at the moment. If you want a Daydream-ready phone for virtual reality, we recommend the Pixel or the Galaxy S8, which offer superior and more polished experiences all around.

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Augmented reality, at least on the Zenfone AR, largely feels like a gimmick at the moment. If you want a Daydream-ready phone for virtual reality, we recommend the Pixel or the Galaxy S8, which offer superior and more polished experiences all around.

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SlashGear

Fine software build and hardware that’s quite top-notch

from SlashGear

The ASUS ZenFone AR is a smartphone I’ve found well worth the amount of cash it’s available for right at the outset. With or without Tango apps involved, the ASUS ZenFone AR runs a tight ship, ready to take on the top hero phones from brands of all sorts. The ASUS ZenFone AR’s combination of unique, high-end hardware and solid software make for an all-around high quality mobile device.

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The ASUS ZenFone AR is a smartphone I’ve found well worth the amount of cash it’s available for right at the outset. With or without Tango apps involved, the ASUS ZenFone AR runs a tight ship, ready to take on the top hero phones from brands of all sorts. The ASUS ZenFone AR’s combination of unique, high-end hardware and solid software make for an all-around high quality mobile device.

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Engadget

A 'better' Tango phone doesn't mean much

from Engadget

Lenovo's Phab2 Pro might have been first, but the ZenFone AR's superior hardware makes it the best Tango device yet. That's not really saying much, though: The Tango experience isn't much better than it was a year ago, and there still isn't much there to win over people who haven't already bought into Google's AR vision. If you're already tantalized by the potential of augmented reality to change how we see the world, the ZenFone AR is worth looking into. For literally everyone else who just wants a damn good all-around smartphone, there's little here for you.

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Lenovo's Phab2 Pro might have been first, but the ZenFone AR's superior hardware makes it the best Tango device yet. That's not really saying much, though: The Tango experience isn't much better than it was a year ago, and there still isn't much there to win over people who haven't already bought into Google's AR vision. If you're already tantalized by the potential of augmented reality to change how we see the world, the ZenFone AR is worth looking into. For literally everyone else who just wants a damn good all-around smartphone, there's little here for you.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 14, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 pro Quad core 2.35 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64/128/256 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.16 W/kg
Body: 0.61 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 715 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time 500 minutes
Talk Time 840 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 13.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Charcoal Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.8 x 7.7 x 0.5 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.2 in)
Weight 170 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 512 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Glove friendly screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
23+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Zero shutter lag, Slow motion recording, Exposure value, Time lapse mode, Dual camera feature
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Night mode, Panorama, Wide-Angle 85° lens, Front camera Dual LED flash, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Asus ZS571KL

Also available in 8 GB of RAM.
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