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ASUS ZenFone AR 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED 6GB RAM, 64GB storage LTE Unlocked Dual SIM Cell Phone, US Warranty (ZS571KL-S821-6G64G-BK)
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- 5.7-Inch Unlocked Dual SIM cell phone with super AMOLED display, 2560x1440 wqhd resolution
- Tricam system with 23MP rear Camera, 4K video recording and 8MP front Camera.
- Qualcomm S821. 6GB Onboard memory and 64GB storage with Micro SD card slot (expandable up to 2Tb), 3300 mAh non-removable battery with quick charge 3.0
- Compatible with Google Tango Augmented Reality and Google Daydream Virtual Reality (*Daydream view is sold separately)
- Compatible with GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile and cellular network providers utilizing GSM network. This Device is not compatible with CDMA Networks such as: Verizon, Sprint, and US cellular
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What's in the Box
- ASUS ZenFone AR, ZS571KL
- AC Adapter andAC Adapter and USB Type C Charging Cable
- Screen Protector
- User Manual
ASUS ZenFone AR, 5.7-inch Smartphone with Tango and Daydream by Google
AR + VR Ready!
ZenFone AR, ZS571KL, 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display 6GB RAM 64GB storage Unlocked Dual SIM (DSDS*) Cell Phone with 23MP rear camera. ZenFone AR is ASUS’s first smartphone equipped with Tango and Daydream by Google. Tango is an exciting new augmented reality (AR) technology that changes the way you interact with the world and expands your vision. And with Daydream, you can experience high-quality, immersive virtual reality (VR) with your phone when paired with the google Daydream View headset. Note: Daydream view is sold separately.
*Dual-SIM Standby (DSDS) requires the user to specify which of the two SIMs is able to make and receive calls. Both SIM card slots support 3G WCDMA network band, but only one SIM card can connect to 3G WCDMA service at a time.
- 5.7-Inch unlocked Dual SIM cell phone with super AMOLED display, 2560x1440 WQHD resolution
- TriCam System with 23MP rear camera, 4K video recording and 8MP front camera
- Qualcomm S821. 6GB onboard memory and 64GB storage with microSD card slot (expandable up to 2TB)
- 3300 mAh non-removable battery with QuickCharge 3.0
- Compatible with Tango and Google Daydream (Note: Daydream view is sold separately)
Tango is a set of sensors and computer vision software that gives ZenFone AR the ability to understand space and motion like humans do, which gives ZenFone AR augmented reality capabilities that feel positively futuristic. Tango adds motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning capabilities to ZenFone AR, so it can understand its motion as it moves through an area, detect how far way it is from the floor, walls, and objects, and see and remember the key visual features of a physical space in three-dimensional space.
Innovative Tricam System
ZenFone AR is equipped with the innovative TriCam system consisting of three rear cameras motion tracking, depth sensing, and high-resolution 23MP cameras that enable the phone to a create a three-dimensional model of its surroundings and track its motion, so it can see the world just like you do. The motion tracking camera lets ZenFone AR track its location as it moves through space. The depth sensing camera with an infrared (IR) projector lets ZenFone AR measure its distance from real-world objects. The high-resolution 23MP camera lets you view virtual objects in your actual environment in stunning detail. Together with Tango, ZenFone AR delivers engaging augmented reality experiences for you to explore and enjoy.
Tackle Home-renovating projects with ease
ZenFone AR is a versatile tool that lets you do more every day. Tackle home-improvement projects like redecorating your living room with ease. ZenFone AR lets you take room measurements and place virtual furniture, so you can see how well that new sofa fits without doing any heavy lifting. ZenFone AR puts powerful capabilities at your fingertips and makes a variety of tasks easier.
Interact With virtual Objects in the Real World
Your world becomes more interesting with ZenFone AR. With Tango augmented reality technology, you can interact with virtual objects that appear to be in the real world, providing you with fun and exciting new experiences and games. Play with cute virtual pets wherever you are or create a wild jungle race track right on your desk and compete against your friends. Enjoy endless entertainment opportunities with ZenFone AR.
Take your VR experience to a whole new level with Daydream
ZenFone AR with Daydream brings you high-quality VR experiences. With its brilliant WQHD Super AMOLED display, ultra-smooth graphics, and high-fidelity sensors that precisely track head movement, ZenFone AR immerses you in incredible new worlds that are so realistic, you feel as if you are actually there. Together with Daydream View, a VR headset and controller by Google, ZenFone AR lets you travel anywhere you want to go, kick back in your personal VR cinema, and play games that put you in the center of the action.
Note: Daydream view is sold separately.
See More, Do more, and Play More
Whether you’re fighting zombie in your living room, seeing how that new car will look like in your garage, or creating a floating island adventure in your bedroom, Tango has all different kinds of interactive apps for everyone.
Explore, discover and photograph
ZenFone AR is designed to encourage exploration and discovery. Photography is a wonderful tool for capturing and communicating discovery. To help you explore and capture your world, ZenFone AR features a high-resolution 23MP camera as part of its TriCam system. With a large f/2.0 aperture lens, lightning-fast 0.03 seconds TriTech autofocus with subject tracking, and 92MP Super Resolution technology, it delivers beautiful and stunningly detailed photos in any lighting condition. Optical and electronic image stabilization help ensure blur-free shots and 4K video recording lets you capture moments in the highest quality.
Extreme power engineered for AR & VR
The ZenFone AR features the powerful 14nm smartphone processor the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, optimized for Tango. It’s built to deliver ultra-fast performance for today’s best Tango smartphone AR and Daydream VR experiences. To optimize Tango performance on the Snapdragon 821 processor, ASUS worked closely with Qualcomm Technologies engineers and Google to efficiently distribute computer vision workloads, as well as six degrees of freedom, commonly referred to as '6DoF', which is essentially the multi-directional positioning used in Tango. With 6GB of RAM and the desktop-class Qualcomm Adreno 530 graphics processing unit (GPU) that delivers supercharged graphics performance, the ZenFone AR handles the demands of Tango and Daydream with ease.
Impress your ears, inside and out
ZenFone AR’s SonicMaster 3.0 technology combines more audio innovations for AR and VR to be truly immersive more volume, more quality and more effects. The new five-magnet speaker is driven by a powerful NXP Smart AMP, for expansive, high-volume output. When it’s time for immersive listening, ZenFone AR is able to output certified high-resolution audio to compatible devices at 24-bit/192kHz, or 4x CD quality! Then, ramp up the audio effects with DTS Headphone:X to pump virtual 7.1-channel surround sound straight to your ears.
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ZenFone AR is ASUS’s first 5.7-inch smartphone with Tango and Daydream by Google. Tango is an exciting new augmented reality (AR) technology that changes the way you interact with the world and expands your vision. And with Daydream, you can experience high-quality, immersive virtual reality (VR) with your phone when paired with the google Daydream View headset.
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I've been using the phone for 4 solid days. I still love it, although it has its issues. Here are my final review thoughts (but I will reply to any questions in the comments):
(1) The included screen protector, although not great (see below), did its job when the phone was pushed against keys in my pocket by accident - slight scratch and a crack, but it protected the screen. I'll put one of the ones I ordered on now.
(2) Aside from no specific T-Mobile functionality (no VoLTE, no WiFi Calling), this really works well as a phone. Good reception. Good call quality. Very nice screen. Good (mono) speaker. Good headphones (not audiophile by any means, but perfectly usable). Decent camera (at least as good as the better mid-pack 2017 phones, but not *quite* at flagship levels, although the ASUS Camera app has some excellent features). Fast and responsive all around. Same battery life, give or take, as the Pixel XL except when using Tango heavily. Doesn't get hot, but does get warm when using Tango, as expected. I still think other phones are better options if you don't want Tango, but rest assured that this is a really decent phone in addition to being a developer device, which is quite extraordinary given the *very* small manufacturing volumes.
(3) I admit I'd have gotten the 8GB if it were available, although I can't really justify it - yes, you can do larger models, but I wonder if the difference would really matter. I suspect it might, but not for many people.
(4) Please, *please* remember that Tango is not perfect. If you're scanning indoor, non-reflective items, it does a good job usually. If the things reflect, it doesn't, and sometimes when you least expect it - I was scanning some bathroom renovation work, and a new 2x8 was "too smooth" in parts and did not show up in scans for the bottom foot or so - it was like it wasn't there. Roughed it up with sandpaper a bit and... voila. It showed up. Still, I really enjoy using the phone as a scanner. I think it's amazing what it can do. I think, in terms of working with augmented reality as opposed to trying to get life-like scans, it works incredibly well. And the scans usually turn out well, too. I just wanted people to understand, before they shell out $600-$700, that this won't recreate things perfectly. Also, you need to understand that ARKit (iOS 11) apps will dwarf Tango ones in number and features *except* for scanning and *except* for incorporating the real world, simply because there will be a million (or more) times as many ARKit-enabled iOS devices. But... they can't scan like this does. And it will even scan in the dark. Take that, iOS!
Summary: No buyer's remorse. Great for those wanting to try out Tango (which is cool but imperfect). Daydream works in it exactly the same as on my Pixel XL, but I tend not to use it because I don't tend to carry the goggles around. Extraordinarily well-built phone for such a boutique market size.
Update (day 2)
I'm bumping this to five stars (no, no one asked me to, and yes, I paid full price for this). Why? Because it's a great Tango device - not perfect, but the best one yet made and, as well, a good phone. Given the very, very small manufacturing quantities compared to almost any other phone, I can forgive the issues, which, to me, are:
* Not fully supported by T-Mobile (no WiFi calling, no VoLTE).
* Some fit and finish trivial issues (adhesive smudge on fingerprint button [easily removed]), somewhat sharp-ish edges on the back, etc. Seriously trivial stuff.
* ZenUI (the ASUS skin). I'll never like it as much as Google's, but it's not as bad as I first perceived it to be.
* 7.0 instead of 7.1 or (soon) 8.x. Given that this has Android 7.0 when 7.1 has been out since 2016, I have no hope of this ever getting an update. Maybe it will, but I don't expect it. Still, as a Google partner phone, I wish it at least came with 7.1.
So, yeah, it's not a perfect phone, which is why I originally gave it 4 stars. But... for a phone that has a total production run that is less than the number of iPhones produced every 10 minutes (that's probably literally true), I'm willing to forgive these things. As a phone for the average consumer, sure, this is a 4-star phone (works well, but a bit pricey and some rough edges). But... for people who like working with Tango, this is so much better than what they've had before that I need to give it 5 stars. It's a Tango device that's the same size as my Pixel XL Battery life is actually, now that I'm on my second day with using it, as good as the Pixel's when I'm not running Tango. Tango itself works really well. Look, Tango isn't perfect, and there's a lot of improvement to be made, but... it's actually usable with this - finally! I wrote an app specifically for the Tango tablet to consolidate point clouds to try to give me reasonable detail in a scan, and it took a lot of post-processing to run, and it worked only marginally well - the tablet was not good at maintaining spatial position. The ZenFone AR replicated (and improved) on work that with half a minute of scanning. No special app, no off-phone post processing. It's just that much better than the tablet.
I'm sorry for the long review and all the updates, but I figure that very few people will actually be buying (and therefore reviewing) this. I'll answer any comments or questions you might have. Yes, it's expensive, and it's not the ideal - I would love to be able to make photorealistic 3D models with it that worked at scales smaller than a room. What you get, now, is sort of like what you'd get if you had to build everything out of LEGO blocks (not the fancy parts) and then rounded the edges - it works at scale but not up close. However, that's where Tango is at, now. The spatial positioning is outstanding. Not perfect, but state of the art for consumer devices, and that includes ARKit in iDevices.
Again, Tango is not magic. For that matter, neither is ARKit. But Tango's sensors let you do some really cool things, and if you want to dive into development, this supports the latest and greatest Tango versions (of course). If all you want is a scanner, get the Intel Euclid kit for $400. But if you want a decent phone (upper-midrange, in almost all aspects aside from Tango) that is *also* a really cool scanner and location-aware device, then get this.
Update (even later in the day): I've linked sample scan files (in a comment). That's an example of what you can do with the free apps out right now. In theory, it can do better, and I want to work on that. But the example I listed in the comments gives you a good idea of what you can expect for a quick 30-second-or-so scan of an area. I dunno, maybe it was a minute, but it was definitely brief.
Update (later in the day):
I’ve altered some things stylistically to be more like my Pixel, and that’s helping. Turning off the incredibly oversaturated screen colors (Settings->Display->Screen Color Mode->Standard) was helpful.
T-Mobile works well - about as well as on the Pixel XL or iPhone SE, based on limited testing. Voice quality is fine.
I miss double-tapping the power to turn on the camera (Pixel), but the gesture of drawing a ‘c’ on the screen when idle to turn it on works well (Settings->Zen Motion->Touch Gesture).
All in all, I was at first a little hesitant (I didn’t like the skin/settings, the capacitive buttons instead of on-screen ones, etc.), but it’s growing on me. A lot. With the micro-SD capability, I think the lower-end model is likely the better option for most… I doubt the $100 extra would really be worth it in most use cases.
Obviously, if you’re not specifically interested in Tango (remember: Apple’s ARKit will be in iOS 11 on all reasonably new phones/tablets), this isn’t for you. But, if you *are* interested in Tango, this is the phone to get.
Note: I'll add to this review as time goes on. I received the phone a few hours ago and have set it up and played with it.
Summary: this is the best Tango platform by far, but that's a low hurdle. Works quickly and well for that (all things considered). A bit niche for anyone not keenly interested in Tango. ASUS' skin is annoying (to me, at least). Lots of things included with the phone. Those not interested in Tango should look elsewhere, as this phone, ignoring the Tango abilities, isn’t as good as similarly priced options.
Background: I've owned the Tango tablet for years. I also bought (and returned) the Phab 2 Pro. I've written some Tango apps (for my own use, playing around). I bought this phone specifically for Tango because I want to continue to write apps, and the Tango tablet is just too old to really allow me to do much with it. I really wanted to like the Phab 2 Pro, but it was (IMO) not even remotely worth what they were charging (too big, too slow, etc.). I'm also a Nexus/Pixel owner, so this is my first non-Google Android phone in a long time (since the OnePlus One). Also, I have an iPhone SE and have played with ARKit (Apple's Augmented Reality kit, coming in iOS 11).
(1) They give you everything you need to get going - not just the phone and charger, but fairly nice headphones (and there's a jack!), a glass screen cover, and a plastic case for the back. That's exceptional.
(2) Packaging is great. Compact, given all you get, and nicely made.
(3) The phone is TINY for a Tango device - for all intents and purposes, it's exactly the same size as my Pixel XL - so: much smaller than either the Tango tablet or the Phab 2 Pro. Small enough to use this as your daily driver. The screen is very nice, the single speaker is loud and clear, headphones work well, etc. Nicely built but had a few tiny smudges (adhesive, it seemed) that took a while to clean completely. Minor to most, annoying to me. The leather (or leather-like?) back feels great, but the phone edges are a bit sharp, so I’m using the supplied case.
(4) The fingerprint scanner works quite well - I’ve never had a miss after trying it dozens of times. I’m sure it’ll flake on occasion, but 100% so far gives me confidence.
(5) Setup was easy, as it always is with an Android phone and a Google account, but… WHY ASUS?? WHY??? The skin they use seems to be meant for small children. It’s terrible, at least to someone used to Nexus/Pixel devices. Everything is colorful - and all different colors. Notifications, etc., are everywhere and too big. It all just seems very… 2010. I added the Google Now Launcher to help a bit, but there’s nothing to be done about the Settings and such. I’m sure I’ll adjust, but I wish they’d just have gone with stock Android and/or looked more like Google.
(6) You should order a new glass screen protector. Just do it. The one they supply is… OK. It’s glass. But I could not get it to install properly, and I’ve installed a *lot* of glass screen protectors. It doesn’t really want to lay flat, the plastic cover on the back was adhered way too well, so it added static when it was removed, pulling in some dust I couldn’t remove, etc. Again, it’ll work, but you might want another. The clear rear case is fine. Both, though, are very nice as included accessories. Just, seriously, order another protector. Oh, and some wipes, because none are included here.
(6) The power and volume button placement are swapped from the Pixel, but it’s not a real issue. Just awkward for me as I go back and forth.
(7) The camera is 2017-average. Not Pixel/iPhone/Galaxy level of quality, but perfectly serviceable.
(8) The SIM/micro SD tray (you can also use it for two nano SIMs if you don’t want to use a micro SD card) works, but it’s really flimsy plastic. I’d not plan on opening it up often.
(9) Tango is fantastic on this. FANTASTIC. I’m used to the clunky tablet, sure, but I am very impressed. The Tango Constructor app (it’s on the Play Store) is vastly faster than on the tablet and works well. Other apps also work well - much better than on the tablet. But what really sold me? I’d opened up the Dinosaurs Among Us app and took a photo of the screen (NOT the one included with this review). I went back to the couch, set the phone down, and wrote the top half of this. I then noticed the photo I’d taken was blurry, so I got the Zenfone out of the couch cushion it had slipped beside, took it back over to the kitchen, went to reopen the app, and realized it was still open **and the Archaeoperyx was in the same place I’d put it before**. This is AMAZING. It didn’t lose position information at all, even after slipping into the couch 20 feet away ten minutes before. That sold me, right there. ARKit *cannot* do that.
(10) Battery life: it seems like this will last about an average amount of time *unless* you use Tango apps, which of course you will. Then it will suck battery. Solution: bring an external battery with you. Seriously.
(11) From a developer’s point of view: this is on 7.0 (not 7.1, sadly) but does allow the use of the latest Tango development code, unlike the tablet. All in all, it’s a very nice form factor. I’m unsure if the extra 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is worth the extra $100, but I didn’t want to wait a month to find out.
(12) WHY BUY THIS? In a nutshell, 95% of you would be better off with an iPhone (or iPad) and ARKit (built into iOS 11) if you want to play with AR, and 99% of you would be better off with a different Android phone in this price range if you don’t care about Tango/AR. Remember: ARKit is great for *consumption* of AR. It does a very good job of tracking phone movement and of finding flat places to put your AR goodies. But it’s terrible at *creation* - you won’t make 3D models with it (at least yet). Tango, on the other hand, *can* create - it can scan rooms, create models, etc. It knows where walls and furniture are, for example, and ARKit doesn’t do well with those. It’s really oriented around finding flat surfaces for things to be placed on. But, on the other hand, there will be orders of magnitude more AR content for iOS than for Tango, because there are about a million times as many iOS devices as Tango ones (literally). Having used both: ARKit is easier to code for and very nice visually. Tango is technically superior but a bit more of a pain. I will likely end up using Tango to create and ARKit to consume.
Tl;dr: Great device for Tango. Very useful for development. Good hardware. Nice form factor. Not-great Android skin.
im dealing with a Purple bleed this time starting from the sim tray, first one was from the corner,
i have been researching this and it appears that this is a common issue with this phone, even dropping it from a short distance, days later you see damage to the screen, even with a case on. thank goodness there a 12 month warranty on this phone, ill keep sending it in for the same damn thing if i have to for the next remaining months.
I personally think asus should do a recall of this phone and re-evaluate the layout of this phone, it is a great concept, it has great technology, and with it being a thin phone, you might have packed a little bit too much into the frame therefore when it gets a "shock" something contacts the amoled panel and causes it to warp. But since this is not an exploding battery you won't do a recall.
A little background, and why I decided on this phone: I previously was an exclusive user of Samsung Galaxy phones (particularly the Note series... last phone was a Note 4), but now that it was time for an upgrade, it was tough to decide between some good (but expensive) new models, including Galaxy, Pixel, or even the newest iPhones (I am an Android user, but newest iPhones are good.) All of these options have things going for them (but Samsung has the best peripheral devices, which I will miss, including bluetooth headphones, Gear 360 camera, and Gear VR)
NOTE: Things that are important to me go above and beyond a normal user; like many people, I want a powerful processor and graphics, a large screen (but I do not like the new "edge" style curved screens by Samsung), and a good camera. I had been holding out on upgrading because other high-end models all have these features. However, I am also a hardcore nerd, and a software developer working in VR and hoping to explore AR; as such, it was a no-brainer to get the ASUS ZenFone AR -- it comes with features (cameras and sensors) that no other phone has:
1) it supports Daydream VR (most phones are not, and this will be nice for me to use in VR development and testing ... although, again, I might end up missing Gear VR, but we will see.)
2) it has Project Tango (only one other phone has this so far, but that Lenovo Phab 2 is not as full-featured of a phone, has worse processor and camera, and does not support Daydream)
The camera is very good -- maybe not best in class, but this was a question mark I was concerned about, and I am pretty pleased so far. I also find the built-in camera app to be full-featured in ways that my Note 4 app were not. (There are also some very cool camera enhancement apps you can get which make use of the special Tango sensors and capabilities... such as one that allows you to have smooth, cinematic-style camera movements and pans.)
Battery life could be little better, but is sufficient and seems about par for the power level; it is also hard for me to gauge "average" battery life so far, because I have been testing / playing with the Tango features a lot, and that definitely eats into the battery life a bit.
In addition to all of the above, I like the basic design with similar look/feel to my Galaxy Note 4 (but the ASUS is more powerful, yet thinner and slightly lighter), and I like that it has a flat (not contoured/edge) screen, as well as textured backing (not slippery glass like iPhones and Galaxy series do now... glass looks nice, but is horrible for grip.)
My only gripe is that it is not actually "current gen" because it slipped slightly behind the release of the SnapDragon 835, which is more powerful (and energy-efficient) than the 821 processor in this phone. However, the ASUS has 50%-100% more RAM than competitors -- as well as a noticeable lack of uninstallable bloatware like some other brands include -- which offsets the slightly older CPU, in my opinion.
All of the above for LESS than the cost of Samsung or iPhone (and about the same price as Pixel).... means it was easy to have this be the "tiebreaker" standout phone I was looking for (but I would say this is only true if you are a hardcore gadget geek and/or you really want to productively use Tango / Daydream features, for app development, 3D scans of rooms, etc.)
PS. I decided to save $100 by purchasing the 6GB version, and that seems more than sufficient so far...
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