Asus unveils AR smartphone with crazy high specs

It’s that CES time of year again, and that means companies are breaking out their more innovative new smartphones. For Asus, that's two new ZenFones - one of which can handle augmented reality tech.

The Asus Zenfone AR is the much-awaited first project to run Google Tango, an augmented realty software. It works by taking in your environment through the camera, and showing you an 'altered' version of it on the screen.

And because it's enabled for AR, it comes with some incredibly high specs. For a start, you can get it with a huge 8GB of RAM - the highest you'll find on a smartphone - along with a QHD (Quad HD) display, 256GB of internal memory, and a 3,300mAh battery.

The camera has a 23MP lens - ideal for AR - and there's an added Super Resolution mode, in which the phone will stitch together four 23MP images to make a single 92MP pic.

Photography is also a key feature in Asus' other new release, the ZenFone 3 Zoom. This one comes with dual 12MP lenses - one a 25mm f/1.7 aperture lens with optical image stabilisation, the other a more serious 59mm, f/2.8 one - plus laser autofocus, 2.3x optical zoom, and dual-tone flash. Phew.

If photography's your thang, you'll be pleased to note there's also a comprehensive manual mode to let you delve into all that.

It's also following the company's apparent 'insanely high specs' trend, packing a massive 5,000mAh battery to power it, octa-core processors, and a big 5.5-inch display.

For now, there's no word on pricing, but with hardware like this we can assume the two smartphones will be costly. The 3 Zoom is set for a February release, but the AR phone won't appear until something like June.

Source: Asus

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