ASUS ZenFone AR
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. It's markedly more powerful than last year's LenovoPhab2 Pro, it brings a much better camera, and is compact enough toactually fit in your pocket. Unfortunately, the ZenFone's weak battery and heavily skinned interface mean it's a tough sell for people who aren't already sold on Google's vision of the future. It doesn't help that it's still early days for Tango, with a limited selection of apps, some of them half-baked.
- Support for both Daydream VR and Google Tango
- Great display
- Impressive audio quality
- Surprisingly good camera
- Solid performance, even with Tango apps
- ASUS's ZenUI feels like overkill
- Disappointing battery life
- Many Tango experiences miss the mark
- Not compelling if you're not interested in Tango
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- Critic Reviews (10)
- 68AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsTom's Guide80Asus ZenFone AR Review: A Big Step Forward for AugThe Asus ZenFone is the premiere smartphone for early adopters who want to experience Google’s augmented- and virtual-reality platforms, though it may be worth holding off to see if the iPhone 8 delivers on its promised AR features this fall.PC World70Zenfone AR review: A better phone for Tango AR butThe Asus Zenfone AR is a pocketable phone capable of handling Google Tango and Daydream, but beyond that it's not worth its price tag.Pocket-Lint70Asus ZenFone AR review: You know when you've beenOverall, the Asus ZenFone AR is an interesting glimpse into the world of AR, complete with flagship features, but at a price that says you've been Tango'd.The Verge60ASUSâ€™ ZENFONE AR IS BOTH FUTURISTIC AND BEHIND TThe ZenFone AR phone is a nice phone, and it’s impressive what Asus has managed to do with the Tango requirements. But the AR in the phone itself is just okay, and the “AR” attached to its name won’t have staying power.TechRadar70Asus Zenfone AR reviewThe Asus Zenfone AR is a great demo for augmented reality and Daydream virtual reality, even if it shows AR is begging for more great apps. However, it’s a tough sell when the phone costs as much as a Galaxy S8 Plus but has a less striking design, no water resistance and less power.Digital Trends50ASUS ZENFONE AR REVIEWWith Google’s ARCore bringing AR to Android phones Nougat and higher, there’s not much of a reason to endure the ugly ZenUI, boring design, average battery life, and a 2016 processor.9to5Google60Review: ASUS ZenFone AR is a great showcase for TaIt has the potential to be a great phone, but at every turn it’s missing a hardware feature or desperately in need of new software. The ZenFone AR is a big step forward for Tango, but that really needs to be your top priority for this phone to be worth recommending.Expert Reviews60Asus Zenfone AR review: The phone that warps realiThe simple fact is that, while the Asus Zenfone AR is an interesting experiment and a competent smartphone, it isn’t good enough to justify being so expensive.Stuff80Asus ZenFone AR reviewA cool combination of VR and AR in one package, but expensive as a result - and feels a little behind the times in other areas.NDTV Gadgets80Asus ZenFone AR ReviewIf you are a developer looking to work on AR or VR related apps for Android, the ZenFone AR could be a great tool. ... Apart from this, the specs do make this phone feel a little out of place at its current price.
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