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ASUS Officially Launches ZenFone AR In The Philippines, Priced At Php 44,995

As we predicted, its quite pricey

Today is the official launch of ASUS’ Tango-enabled, Daydream-certified ZenFone AR in the country. If you haven’t been following our stories on the new phone, the ZenFone AR is one of the two phones in the world that has Google’s improved augmented reality platform, Tango. It’s also one of the few phones currently out in the market that is Daydream certified.

Zenfone AR Specifications

  • 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD display; 2560×1440 resolution, 551 pixels per inch
  • 128GB of expandable storage, expandable up to 256GB
  • 23-megapixel rear camera, f/2.0 aperture, 4-axis OIS, 3x zoom, PDAF, depth and motion tracking sensors
  • 8-megapixel front camera, f/2.0 aperture
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • USB Type-C
  • 3300mAh Battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 3.0

While we reviewed the 6GB/64GB version of the ZenFone AR, ASUS Philippines will be selling the 8GB/128GB version of the phone when it hits the market on July 2017. Aside from the tri-cam system that makes the Tango magic work, the ZenFone AR is also equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor, and sports a premium-looking leather body.

ASUS is pricing the ZenFone AR at Php 44,995, which makes it quite pricey compared to the other products out in the market today. That spiffy Google Daydream View headset is not included.

The price of the ZenFone AR puts it out of reach of most people today, but in truth it’s not really a phone for the regular Joe. The enthusiast nature of Project Tango makes the AR attractive to a very small group of people, primarily developers looking for a speedy phone to test AR apps on.

You can read our full review of the ZenFone AR here. 

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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6 Comments

  1. Go sell it to the super rich. Asus is shooting itself in the foot at that price. Daydream viewer isn’t even included.

    Few will develop for Tango at the moment, with a small user base, it will be a financially losing proposition. Google should either subsidize it or partner with someone willing to sell at cost (ie Xiaomi).

  2. Hahaha nagpapaka premium nanaman ang ASUS. Get an S8+ or wait for the next iPhone at that price. Sobrang patawa ang ASUS. Hindi nya alam kung sino dapat ang target market nya. Reality check lang ASUS, hindi ka premium brand nv smartphones! Nakakatawa lang 😀

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