Asus ZenFone AR (

Developed by Asus, the ZenFone AR is one of the first phones in the world to boast compliance with Google’s Tango and Daydream standard, making it an attractive gadget for both AR and VR enthusiast. WIth an innovative tri-cam technology that provides great AR/VR immersive experience, Asus ZenFone AR was released in August 2017 in the United States, with a price of $599.


ZenFone AR Display

The ZenFone AR boasts a 5.7 inch, 2560 x 1440 OLED display with great performance and pixel density that rivals Samsung’s smartphones. By default, the display was configured to Super Color mode, that made the color appear more intense than what you perceive in the real world. Users can switch the display to the Standard Color mode for a more realistic appearance of the visuals.

ZenFone AR Software

Powered by Android 7.0 and Asus’ own proprietary Asus ZenUI software, the ZenFone AR lacked the simplicity that Android devices are known. Instead, the phone is preloaded with utilities and apps from ASUS like themes and icon pack. Users can easily remove these additional apps if they find that they are excessive to their requirement.

Zenfone AR Performance

At the heart of Zenfone AR is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. While it is a high-end processor, it is still slightly inferior compared to the Snapdragon 835 processor used in many of its peers like Samsung Galaxy S8 and HTC U11. When pushed to the limit in AR/VR application the ZenFone does show some slight glitch in the frame rate. This may be linked to the Adreno 530 that it is using which is 25% less powerful than the Adreno 540 of its competitors.

ZenFone AR Camera

What truly made ZenFone AR unique is the innovative tri-cam camera that enables the phone to provide accurate tracking for immersive AR experience. The 3 camera system consists of a motion sensing, depth tracking and a 23 MegaPixels main camera. The Main camera features optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus.

Besides usage in AR application, the back camera has a decent speed of focusing and shooting. It maintains a reasonably well performance in a night shot. The ZenFone AR also has an 8 MegaPixel camera that performs adequately well in taking selfies, even in a dimly lighted environment.

ZenFone Design And Hardware

Unlike its high-end competitors, the physical design of the ZenFone AR is nothing to shout about. It has a plain and conventional design, missing curved glasses commonly spotted in luxurious high-end smartphones. Aesthetic value aside, the phone is not water resistant and a raised home button that also functions as a fingerprint scanner.

The ZenFone AR has a decent capacity of storage, with 64MB built in memory and a MicroSD slot. Its battery is rated at 3300 mAH, and lasted about 4 hours in 3D gaming, much quicker than its peers.

ZenFone AR’s single speaker audio system is remarkably good, producing substantial sound with minimal distortion. It also features a standard headphone jack that is not commonly seen in today’s high-end smartphones.

Technical Specifications



TriCam™ System

  • Motion tracking camera lets ZenFone AR track its location as it moves through space
  • Depth sensing camera with an infrared (IR) projector lets ZenFone AR measure its distance from real-world objects
  • High-resolution 23MP camera lets you view virtual objects in your actual environment in stunning detail


Internal storage UFS 2.0 64GB / 128GB
MicroSD card Supports up to 2TB
Google Drive 100GB free space (2 years)
AsusZenFoneAR Dimension

Weight and Dimensions

Dimensions 158.7 x 77.7 x 9 mm (6.25 x 3.06 x 0.35 in)
Weight 170 grams (5.99 ounces)


  • WQHD (2560 by 1440) Super AMOLED display
  • 79% screen-to-body ratio
  • Tru2life technology for high contrast and outdoor readability
  • Slim bezel (1.73mm)
  • Over 100% NTSC high color gamut display
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
  • Bluelight filter for eye care
  • 10-finger capacitive touch
  • Fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating


CPU 64-bit Qualcomm® Quad-Core Processor Snapdragon™ 821 @2.35GHz, optimized for Tango
GPU Adreno™ 530


Up to 8GB LPDDR4 RAM / Up to 128GB ROM

Main Camera

  • 23 megapixels PixelMaster 3.0 camera
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • SONY IMX 318 sensor (1/2.6" large sensor size, 1.0 µm pixel size)
  • Focal Length 27mm
  • 6p lens
  • 4-axis, 4 stops Optical Image Stabilization for steady photos
  • 3-axis Electronic Image Stabilization for shake-free videos
  • Ultra-fast 0.03s instant focus and subject tracking TriTech AF system (2nd-gen laser auto-focus, phase detection auto-focus and continuous auto-focus)
  • 4K UHD (3840 by 2160) 30 frame per second video recording
  • Color correction (RGB) sensor for the best white balance and natural-looking colors
  • Dual-LED real tone flash
  • Raw file support
  • Blue Glass IR Filter
  • Zero Shutter Lag

PixelMaster 3.0 camera modes:

  • Back Light (HDR)
  • Low Light
  • Manual (for DSLR-like camera detail settings)
  • Real Time Beautification
  • Super Resolution (for up to 4 times resolution photos)
  • Night
  • Depth of Field
  • Photo Effect
  • Selfie Panorama
  • Selfie
  • GIF Animation
  • Panorama Selfie
  • Miniature
  • Time Rewind
  • Smart Remove
  • All Smiles
  • Slow Motion
  • Time Lapse
  • Panorama

Video Recording

  • 4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • 3-axis electronic image stabilization
  • Take still photo while recording video

Front Camera

  • 8 megapixels photos
  • OV 8856 sensor (1/4", 1.12um)
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • Screen Flash

PixelMaster 3.0 camera modes

  • Back Light (HDR)
  • Low Light
  • Manual (for DSLR-like camera detail settings)
  • Real Time Beautification
  • Super Resolution (for up to 4X resolution photos)
  • Night
  • Depth of Field
  • Photo Effect
  • Selfie Panorama
  • Selfie
  • GIF Animation
  • Panorama Selfie
  • Miniature
  • Time Rewind
  • Smart Remove
  • All Smiles
  • Slow Motion
  • Time Lapse
  • Panorama


Speaker 5-magnet speaker with NXP Smart Amp for up to 4 times better performance
Audio Output

Hi-Res audio 384kHz

DTS Headphone:X ™ virtual 7.1 surround sound

Mic Dual internal mic with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology

VoLTE supported

Wireless Technology

  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Wi-Fi direct



SIM Cards

  • SIM 1: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
  • SIM 2: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
  • Dual SIM dual standby
  • SIM 2: Only use the Nano SIM card or the MicroSD card at a time
  • Both SIM card slots support 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE network band. But only one SIM card can connect to 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE service at a time.

Network Standard


Data rate

LTE Cat11: DL 600 Mbps, 3CA

LTE: UL 75 Mbps

HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42.2 Mbps

WW version FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28)

TD-LTE (Bands 38, 40, 41)

WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 5, 6, 8)

GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

NA version FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 20, 29)

WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8)

GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

ASUS phone 4G/LTE band compatibility varies by region, please check compatibility with local carriers.


Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, Ambient light sensor, RGB sensor, IR sensor (Laser Focus), Fingerprint, Barometer

External Buttons and Connectors

  • Fingerprint sensor
  • On/Off (Sleep/Wake)
  • Volume up/down
  • Fingerprint sensorOn/Off
  • Sleep/WakeVolume up/down3.5mm audio jack (1 Headphone / Mic-in)
  • Built-in speaker
  • USB-C connector (DisplayPort supported)


  • 3300mAh (non-removable)
  • BoostMaster Fast Charging: 60% battery capacity in 39 minutes (18W)
  • PowerDelivery 2.0
  • Quick Charge 3.0

Power Adapter

Output: 9V 2A 18W

Operating System

Android™ 7.0 with ASUS ZenUI 3.0

In the Box

  • ZenFone AR with Android™ 7.0 and ASUS ZenUI 3.0
  • ASUS ZenEar S with Mic, Hi-res supported
  • USB-C Cable
  • Ejector Pin
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation (User Guide, Warranty Card)


Apps For ASUS ZenFone AR A list of apps and games that leverage on the AR/VR capability of Asus ZenFone AR

  • Phantogeist
  • Hot Wheels Track Builder
  • Fantastic Beasts
  • Wall Street Journal’s AR stock checker
  • Wayfair AR App, BMW Visualizer

Using Google Daydream With Asus ZenFone AR

To enjoy the best AR/VR experience with the ZenFone AR, a set of Google Daydream is needed. The Google Daydream is a headset where the ZenFone is mounted on. Users are able to experience seated virtual experience with the Google Daydream. The Google Daydream is not included in the ZenFone AR package and needs to be purchased separately.


  • Jan 2017 - Asus ZenFone AR revealed in CES 2017
  • August 2017 - Asus ZenFone AR Released in US.