Asus has quietly launched a new smartphone dubbed the Asus Zenfone Ares in Taiwan for an asking price of $333. The device boasts of a bunch of interesting specifications and features. That said, it has its own set of quirks and shortcomings.
Asus Zenfone Ares: Full specifications
Starting things off with the display, the Zenfone Ares sports a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Strangely enough, Asus has opted to stick to the standard 16:9 aspect ratio which is pretty unusual in 2018. The display comes equipped with the Tru2life technology which would make it easier to use even in bright daylight when you are outdoors. Additionally, the screen has an oil-repellent coating.
Under the hood, we get a dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset coupled with 8GB of RAM and an ample 128GB of internal storage which can further be expanded with the help of an external SD card. The device is compatible with Google’s ARCore technology. There is a 3,300 mAh battery fueling the device which is capable of Quick Charge 3.0.
Moving to the camera, the Asus Zenfone Ares sports a 23MP primary camera with the company’s proprietary PixelMaster 3.0 lens. The camera features motion tracking and depth sensing which are essentials for the AR effects. At the front, we get an 8MP selfie snapper.
Oddly enough, the Asus Zenfone Ares still runs on Android 7.0 Nougat which is a poor choice, hands down. We can certainly hope that the company pushes out an Oreo update, but expecting the Zenfone Ares to ever get the Android P update will be a fool’s dream.
Other features include a SonicMaster 3.0 Hi-Res Audio 384 kHz audio decoder, support for DTS Headphone with 7.1 surround sound, a USB Type-C charging port, and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner.
As of now, the device is available exclusively in Taiwan and the global launch might take place in a month or two.
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