If you didn’t know, “AR” stands for augmented reality; the ZenFone AR is the world’s second-ever production handset to support Google’s Project Tango, preceded only by the gargantuan (and also underpowered) Lenovo Phab Pro 2. Apps that support Project Tango are few and far between. Current showpieces include Lowe’s Vision, which lets you preview Lowe’s appliances and furniture in your own home, and Hot Wheels Track Builder, where you can lay out orange tracks to your heart’s content in an entirely virtual space. The ZenFone AR also supports Daydream (Google’s VR), and there are many more available titles which you can use with that.
The phone’s notable specs are as follows:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
5.7 inch Super AMOLED QHD display
23 megapixel rear camera
Four-axis OIS and three-axis video stabilization
4K video recording
8 megapixel selfie cam
6 or 8 GB of RAM
64 or 128 GB of storage
3,300 mAh battery
Android 7.0 Nougat
There are actually three variants of the ZenFone AR: one with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for $599 USD ($899 CAD), another with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for $699 USD and also a Verizon-exclusive version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for $649 USD.
CNET has an in-depth preview of the phone with video and a gallery of photos; for links to that along with current buying options see directly below.