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Asus ZenFone AR
Asus ZenFone AR
Asus ZenFone AR
Asus ZenFone AR

Informr score
The Asus ZenFone AR currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Crisp, bright display
  • Tons of storage space
  • Good performance
  • Excellent camera
  • Project Tango support
  • Google Daydream support

What's bad

  • Price
  • Poor app selection for Tango/Daydream content
  • So-so battery life
Google’s Project Tango has seen one certified device to date—the Lenovo Phab2. ASUS’s latest release brings Tango goodness to a more portable device that includes updated specs and a premium design.

But does the experience justify the price? Reviewers have augmented their world and strapped on headsets to see what they think.

Let’s see what they have to say!

Out of the gate, the design and materials used for the ZenFone AR impressed reviewers. The metal edges and leather-like back provided a sturdy feeling and plenty of grip. However, the phone is not IP rated, so be careful around water.

Heading around front, reviews stay positive. The 5.7-inch 1440-by-2560 AMOLED display earned praise for it’s inky blacks and excellent contrast. Reviewers had no issues with noticing pixels or image crispness—even when strapped into a Google Daydream headset. They also praised the phone for its brightness, noting that it was easy to see when outdoors.

Powering those pixels, you’ll find a quad-core 2.35Ghz Snapdragon 821 processor. While it’s not the fastest processor available in 2017, pairing it with 6 or 8GB of RAM satisfied most reviewers.

Digital Trends noted, “Virtual objects in AR mode respond quickly to interaction, though we did encounter some stutters.” However, for everything else, including graphics-intensive games and multitasking, reviews are great.

Depending on the model, the phone offers between 32 and 256GB of internal storage. If you should need more, microSD support makes it easy to add up to 2TB more room for your apps, games, music and video.

One area where reviewers weren’t as pleased with the phone is the software. While it ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat—and Oreo support is promises—ASUS’s ZenUI didn’t suit most reviewers. Engadget summed up opinions well saying, “Some people will surely appreciate all of the options ASUS offers here, but fans of stock Android will want to run, not walk, away from this thing.”

That said, there was no complaints about bloatware—even with carrier branded phones.

The phone features a powerful camera and sensors used to power the Tango AR features. But reviewers also found it great for photography. The 23MP rear camera includes three different focusing methods and optical image stabilization. The front-facing 8MP lens is simpler, but still produced clear shots in decent lighting.

Talking about the cameras, SlashGear said, “The Pixel has one of the best smartphone-based cameras in the world right this minute and ASUS ZenFone AR is one of the few devices whose camera comes close.”

But fancy features and powerful specs don’t mean anything if the phone can’t last through a day. And, unfortunately, reviewers had mixed experiences for battery life. They agreed that for light usage, a full day on a single charge is possible. But many of them complained that even a few hours of VR and AR use and they’d need to search for a charger to last the day.

Fortunately, the included BoostMaster Fast Charging support means that the phone is compatible with nearly every fast charging system available. The charger included in the box saw top-offs of 50% or more in only 30 minutes.

Despite this praise, reviewers were still hesitant to recommend the phone for two reasons.

The first is the price. The phone costs as much as some of this years flagship releases without the specs to match.

The second is software. While the phone is the first to support both Google Daydream and Project Tango in a single device, reviewers didn’t find many compelling apps on either platform.

In the end, if you’re looking for performance, there’s better value elsewhere. And if you’re looking for an exceptional AR/VR experience, the market isn’t quite there yet.

Operating system
Operating system
2.35 GHz
2.35 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
23+ MP, f/2
23+ MP, f/2
3300 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Android Guys
Android Guys

With Tango no longer in development, this is a hard purchase to justify, but the ZenFone AR is an extremely well-performing phone for its price point with gorgeous build quality, an impressive camera, and a beautiful display.

- Dono, Android Guys

The Asus ZenFone AR is a well-made, high-quality smartphone with WQHD OLED display, more than adequate performance for everyday apps and games, and very fast communication modules.

- Manuel Masiero, Notebookcheck
The Mobile Indian
The Mobile Indian

The Asus Zenfone AR does a pretty impressive job in handling most of the virtual and augmented reality apps. Though the whole AR and VR experience work really good, still, it is just not the right time to buy a smartphone just for these experiences, as it really needs to grow at an exponential rate...

- Rohan Pal, The Mobile Indian

The Asus ZenFone AR came just at the wrong time. It's one of those strange cases where all of its technological advancement is redundant straight out of the box. As surprised as we are to see it launched, it's still kind of exciting to see what Tango could have become.

- Cam Bunton, Pocket-lint
The Inquirer
The Inquirer

For eight hundred notes, you've a right to expect something a bit special. While the Asus ZenFone's screen certainly is, and the support for virtual reality is solid, everything else about the device screams 'mid range'. And the lack of proper waterproofing and poor battery life is a real let-down.

- Ben Woods, The Inquirer

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Common Questions

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Asus backs up the ZenFone AR with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

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Screen Size

The Asus ZenFone AR's screen size is 5.7 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

2.35 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 pro Quad core 2.35 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

23+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 23+ MP, f/2 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

32/64/128/256 GB

Internal memory is 32/64/128/256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery.

ZenFone AR Specs

Release Date June 14, 2017
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 pro Quad core 2.35 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64/128/256 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.16 W/kg
Body: 0.61 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM Yes
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
23+ Megapixels, f/2
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Zero shutter lag, Slow motion recording, Exposure value, Time lapse mode, Dual camera feature
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Night mode, Panorama, Wide-Angle 85° lens, Front camera Dual LED flash, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel Density 512 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Glove friendly screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to 715 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Up to 500 minutes
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to 13.2 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Charcoal Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.8 x 7.7 x 0.5 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.2 in)
Weight 170 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Additional Information Other Names (AKA): Asus ZS571KL

Also available in 8 GB of RAM.

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