The release of this fone was done quietly in Taiwan by Asus without holding an official launch event or a small press event for the phone. This phone has many similarities to its predecessor the ZenFone AR. And This device too emphasizes on AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality)
We’ve got a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED panel with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio and QHD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels). The display comes with a few familiar features as well – Tru2life technology for improved outdoor visibility and oil-repellent coating.
Driving the ZenFone Ares is the Snapdragon 821 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.0 expandable storage. The hardware appears to be compatible with Google’s ARCore technology.
The camera department once again sports a 23MP sensor with high-res PixelMaster 3.0 lens. Of course, the camera is capable of motion tracking and depth sensing for obtaining those cool AR three-dimensional effects. The front-facing camera boasts an 8MP sensor.
Interestingly, the device runs on Android Nougat and not on Android Oreo but the battery capacity doesn’t disappoint – 3,300 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 support.
To make the multimedia experience complete, the phone features SonicMaster 3.0 Hi-Res Audio 384 kHz audio decoder and supports DTS Headphone with 7.1 surround.
The ZenFone Ares is limited to Taiwan for now and will be available for purchase at the locally from retailers with a starting price of TWD 9,999 ($333).