Asus is announcing two new smartphones at CES, and each of them is notable for different reasons. There’s the ZenFone 3 Zoom (left), which as the name implies, has optical zoom. Then there’s the ZenFone AR (right), which was leaked by Qualcomm’s site a few days ago.
ZenFone 3 Zoom
Let’s start with the ZenFone 3 Zoom. We don’t have the full specs, but here’s what we’ve got.
SoC: Snapdragon 625
RAM: Up to 4GB
Camera: Dual 12MP with 2.3x optical zoom
Software: Android 6.0 (nougat coming soon)
The battery is huge, which is nice for a phone that you’ll (presumably) be using to take a lot of photos. There are very few phones that have optical zoom. There’s also optical image stabilization. The hardware seems otherwise mid-range. This phone will launch next month, but pricing and exact configurations aren’t available yet.
The ZenFone AR is probably a bigger deal because it’s a Project Tango phone that isn’t massive. Here are the specs, which again, are not complete.
SoC: Snapdragon 821
Display: 5.7-inch 1440p AMOLED
Software: Android 7.0
Tango stuff: Yes
The ZenFone AR will be the first phone to work with both Daydream and Tango, and the Snapdragon 821 ensures it won’t have the lag issues present on the Phab2 Pro. Also 8GB of RAM, Asus? I don’t know if that’s necessary, but damn. Despite being smaller than the Phab2 Pro (5.7-inch vs 6.4-inch), the ZenFone AR has just a small Tango sensor cluster on the back. It looks much less insane than the Lenovo phone. The ZenFone AR will be out in Q2 2017, but pricing (and the rest of the specs) are unknown right now.
Via – android police