Asus ZenFone Ares has been launched in Taiwan without fanfare or even a press release by the Taiwanese smartphone maker. The smartphone sports similar features with 2017 ZenFone AR but with a slightly more focus on Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).
The Asus ZenFone Ares runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with an 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.0 expandable storage (up to 2TB). The device also comes with support for Google’s ARCore technology.
The phone sports a 5.7-inch QHD screen with Super AMOLED (1440 x 2560 pixels) display and 16:9 aspect ratio. The front panel has an oil-repellant coating with Tru2life technology for better daylight visibility and VR experiences.
In the camera department, the Asus ZenFone Ares features a rear 23MP shooter with Asus’ high-res PixelMaster 3.0 and f/2.0 aperture. The camera also has motion tracking and depth sensing for AR three-dimensional effects capabilities. The front-facing camera is an 8MP selfie snapper with f/2.0 aperture.
Surprisingly, when virtually every smartphone released this year runs on the latest released Android OS – Android Oreo or the Go edition – Asus opted for Android Nougat instead for the ZenFone Ares, even its recently released gaming phone, Asus ROG Phone runs on Android Oreo. That aside, the Android Nougat will come with Asus’ ZenUI, which will all be powered by a 3,300 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.
For an awesome multimedia experience, the device features SonicMaster 3.0 Hi-Res Audio 384 kHz audio decoder, DTS Headphone support with 7.1 surround.
The Asus Zenfone Ares is offered at a price of TWD 9,999 (N120,000), exclusive to the Taiwanese market for now. Compared to last year’s ZenFone AR, the phone is relatively cheaper. It is available in both online and offline retail stores in the country with the Taiwanese retail store, PCHome already taking pre-orders.