UPDATE: The ZenFone AR has been officially launched in Malaysia! Here are the details.
ASUS Malaysia is launching the ZenFone AR this afternoon and it’s the world’s first smartphone that’s Google Tango AR and Daydream VR enabled. It’s also the world’s first phone to be announced with 8GB RAM earlier this year.
Being a feature packed device, you should realistically expect the ZenFone AR to cost more than the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe that was announced with a starting price of RM2,599. Instead, it costs more than that. Even more than the Samsung Galaxy S8+.
Ahead of its Malaysian launch event, the ASUS ZenFone AR has already appeared on Lazada Malaysia with a whopping RM3,799 price tag. For Malaysia we are getting the 8GB RAM version that comes with 128GB of onboard storage. The device is only offered in a single black colour option.
The ZenFone AR comes with a 5.7″ Quad HD AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection and it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. Powering the device is a 3,300mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 3.0 that does 60% charge in 39 minutes.
The key feature of the ZenFone AR is its rear cameras. It gets a tri-camera system which consists of a 23MP f/2.0 main camera along with a motion sensing camera and depth sensing unit. With these 3 cameras combined, you’ll get an augmented reality experience using Google Tango which is similar to Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro. For selfies, it gets an 8MP front camera.
It’s also Google DayDream ready which enables a VR experience using a DayDream View handset. The ZenFone AR also features an advanced vapour cooling system to prevent overheating during extended AR and VR use.
Lazada Malaysia has removed the listing from their website.
ASUS has finally launched the ZenFone AR in Malaysia. It is priced at RM3,799 and will be available for purchase over the weekend. ASUS says that the smartphone will be distributed to their authorised retailers starting Friday (7th July) and expects to be available in most places by Monday (10th July). Online availability has yet to be confirmed so we will keep you updated on that.
Each ZenFone AR will also come with a 1-year 1-to-1 exchange warranty.
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