At CES2017 ASUS has introduced two new Android smartphones, a new augmented and virtual reality ready model and a handset which the company claims boasts the world’s best smartphone camera.
Designed for photography and extended use, the ZenFone 3 Zoom (shown above) features a 5.5inch screen, large 500mAh battery and, what the manufacturer claims, is the world’s best smartphone camera.
ZenFone 3 Zoom’s innovative dual-camera system comprises two 12MP cameras, one with a f/1.7-aperture, 25mm wide-angle lens and a second with a 59mm lens.
Users can instantly switch from the 25mm primary camera to the 59mm camera, giving them a 2.3x optical zoom for portraits and capturing distant subjects.
An improved TriTech+ autofocus system automatically chooses among three autofocus technologies — Dual Pixel PDAF, subject tracking autofocus, and second-generation laser focus — depending on the situation to achieve accurate focus in just 0.03 seconds, even when photographing moving subjects.
ZenFone 3 Zoom is also the first ASUS smartphone with SuperPixel camera technology that enables it to focus quickly and capture clear photos at night or in low-light environments.
ASUS-exclusive hardware and software enhancements boost sensor light-sensitivity by up to four times by intelligently adjusting ISO levels while shooting and applying noise reduction in post-shot processing.
Weighing just 170 grams, the ZenFone 3 also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and provides users with up to 42 days of standby time.
The high-capacity battery also complements ZenFone 3 Zoom’s photographic capabilities, allowing users to shoot more photos, enjoy power-intensive operations like time-lapse photography, and capture up to 6.4 hours of continuous 4K UHD video on a single charge.
What’s more, the ZenFone 3 Zoom can also double as a high-speed power bank for charging other devices.
Also new from Asus is the ZenFone AR (pictured above). The ZenFone AR will be the world’s first smartphone that is both Tango enabled and Daydream-ready.
Tango is a set of sensors and computer-vision software by Google that enables smartphone augmented reality. Daydream is Google’s platform for high-quality, mobile virtual reality and supports Daydream VR apps.
ASUS claims the ZenFone AR is the thinnest and lightest Tango enabled device. It includes a three-camera system consisting of a 23MP main camera, motion-tracking camera, and depth-sensing camera.
Unlike three-camera systems in other devices, the design of the ASUS TriCam system clusters its array of cameras to reduce their footprint within the phone, enabling the phone to be thinner and lighter.
ZenFone AR features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that is optimised for Tango, and is the world’s first smartphone with 8GB of RAM.
On board is a 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display and a new five-magnet speaker system designed to make Daydream VR apps, games, and videos more immersive and entertaining.
Android 7.0 ‘Nougat’ lets users get the most out of ZenFone AR with new multitasking features and other enhancements.
You can see watch a YouTube video about the ZenFone AR below.