In a press event in New Delhi, ASUS launched the ASUS ZenFone AR in India. The ZenFone AR is the first high-end Tango phone (and the second overall, after the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro) and the first phone that supports Tango and Daydream VR.

For the uninitiated, Tango is an augmented reality (AR) platform created by Google. Tango-equipped phones can understand the physical space, by measuring the distance between the phone and objects in the real world. In practice, that means Tango phones can be used for AR applications like navigating through in-door spaces, but also for more recreational purposes like games.

Besides Tango, ZenFone AR also supports Daydream VR, Google’s virtual reality platform for mobile devices. As such, it’s compatible with Daydream View and other Daydream headsets.

To enable all that, ZenFone AR is equipped with a TriCam system consisting of three rear cameras — a motion tracking, depth sensing, and high-resolution 23MP camera — that enable the phone to a create a three-dimensional model of its surroundings and track its motion.

ASUS ZenFone AR (ZS571KL) Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat with ASUS ZenUI 3.0
  • Processor: 64-bit Qualcomm Quad-Core Snapdragon 821 @ 2.35Ghz | Adreno 530
  • Display: 5.7-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED | Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • RAM: 8 GB LPDDR4
  • Internal storage: 128 GB; expandable up to 2 TB using microSD card
  • Front Camera: 8 MP | f/2.0 aperture | 85˚ wide-viewing angle | Dual-LED real tone flash
  • Rear Camera: 23 MP | f/2.0 aperture | Sony Exmor RS IMX318 sensor | 6 P Largan lens | Dual-LED real tone flash | Sapphire lens cover
  • Battery: 3,300 mAh | Quick Charge 3.0
  • Dimensions: 6.24 x 3.05 x 0.18 inch ~ 0.35 inch
  • Weight: 170 g

Priced at ₹49,999 ($775), the ZenFone AR will be exclusively available on Flipkart starting today. Also, if you’re buying the Google Daydream View VR headset from Flipkart, you can pick one up at a discounted price – ₹2.500 off on purchase along with ZenFone AR.

What are your thoughts on the ASUS ZenFone AR? While it’s built for next-generation AR and VR experiences, it also packs in top-of-the-line specifications and looks like a great smartphone on paper. Would you be interested in picking one up? Tell us in the comments!

Abhishek Baxi
A technology columnist and a digital consultant, he quit Microsoft in 2011 to go independent and write more, watch a lot of movies, and travel randomly.