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Asus ZenFone AR now available in Canada

ZenFone AR

Here’s some great news for fans of mixed reality: the Asus ZenFone AR is officially available in Canada.

Amazon.ca, BestBuy Canada, Canada Computers, Memory Express, and Staples Canada will sell the 5.7-inch, unlocked, 64GB device, which also comes with 6GB of RAM. It costs $899 CAD.

Asus Zenfone AR

Display

5.7-inch Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2560p (~515 ppi)

Processor

Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2x2.35GHz Kryo & 2x1.6GHz Kryo)

RAM

6/8GB RAM

Storage

64/128/256GB internal storage

Dimensions (in.)

158.7 x 77.7 x 9mm

Weight

170g

Rear Facing Camera

23-megapixel, f/2.0, OIS (4-axis), 3x zoom, phase detection autofocus, depth & motion tracking sensors

Front Facing Camera

8-megapixel, f/2.0

OS

Android 7.0 Nougat

Battery

Non-removable 3,300mAh

Network Connectivity

GSM/ HSPA / LTE

Sensors

Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

SIM Type

Nano SIM

Launch Date

June 1, 2017

Misc

Bluetooth 4.2, Project Tango

Display

Asus Zenfone AR

5.7-inch Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2560p (~515 ppi)

Processor

Asus Zenfone AR

Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2x2.35GHz Kryo & 2x1.6GHz Kryo)

RAM

Asus Zenfone AR

6/8GB RAM

Storage

Asus Zenfone AR

64/128/256GB internal storage

Dimensions (in.)

Asus Zenfone AR

158.7 x 77.7 x 9mm

Weight

Asus Zenfone AR

170g

Rear Facing Camera

Asus Zenfone AR

23-megapixel, f/2.0, OIS (4-axis), 3x zoom, phase detection autofocus, depth & motion tracking sensors

Front Facing Camera

Asus Zenfone AR

8-megapixel, f/2.0

OS

Asus Zenfone AR

Android 7.0 Nougat

Battery

Asus Zenfone AR

Non-removable 3,300mAh

Network Connectivity

Asus Zenfone AR

GSM/ HSPA / LTE

Sensors

Asus Zenfone AR

Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

SIM Type

Asus Zenfone AR

Nano SIM

Launch Date

Asus Zenfone AR

June 1, 2017

Misc

Asus Zenfone AR

Bluetooth 4.2, Project Tango

The ZenFone AR supports both Google’s Project Tango AR and Daydream VR. MobileSyrup’s Rose Behar described the phone as an “enticing offer” for mixed reality buffs saying that it’s “all wrapped up in what promises to be a well-specced upper mid-range phone.”

However, Project Tango might not be long for this world. Google announced a successor to Project Tango yesterday, dubbed ‘ARCore.’

ARCore works without the need for additional hardware, like the ZenFone AR, “which means it can scale across the Android ecosystem,” reads an excerpt from an August 29th, 2017 Google blog post.

It’s important to remember that Google never really positioned Project Tango as anything more than an experiment to test alternate reality’s potential.

With the announcement of ARCore, it seems that Google is ready to take the AR experiment into its next phase.

Still, for those interested in owning a device specifically built for Project Tango’s AR platform, the ZenFone is available now.

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