You can buy a Zenfone AR right now! International shipping available.

With the official unveiling of the Zenfone AR in Taiwan just hours ago, we see the first eBay listing. You can buy a Zenfone AR out of Taiwan right now for $1099 USD. According to the seller they ship to Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia. So you can indeed be first and don’t need to wait for a month or more. In fact not all countries will likely see a Zenfone AR release.

Do keep in mind this is a Taiwan version of the Zenfone AR so you need to check bands. It’s possible that you will not have LTE compatibility.

Link: $797 USD – 2 available – Ships Worldwide – eBay.com

Link: $859 – Zenfone AR on eBay.com Listing

Regarding network bands and compatibility, all indications are that this is the WW version, but we are contacting the seller to confirm. Asus Taiwan only lists the WW version as well, indicating that there is no specific TW version. So these are the bands as listed on the official Asus Taiwan product page:

This model is a true powerhouse with the a super charged Snapdragon 821 (optimized version), 8GB of RAM, 128GB storage, 2K AMOLED display, 2560 x 1440 resolution, Google Tango and Daydream ready, TriCam System, among other top end specs.

 

Digitimes report suggests Zenfone 4 will be released in August

This story has been in circulation for a little while now, but we just want to make mention of the information because Digitimes is often accurate as it pertains to Asus news.

So the story says the Zenfone 4 is coming in August. This has been suggested by other sources and seems accurate, although we have since learned that August 17th is likely the event date. In addition, Asus just recently put out four new teaser images for the Zenfone 4 series, highlighting camera capabilities.

Digitimes suggests Asus is four months behind its original schedule which was April. However these dates are not exact simply because Asus likely would have not unveiled the Zenfone 4 prior to June Computex 2017 event. Further, Asus would not have had the Zenfone 4 available to buy in Taiwan in June in all likelihood. There is a big difference between an unveiling vs. availability to buy. Asus is not that far off their schedule in our estimation.

There is a bit more information from Digitimes other than just a release date.

The story suggests that Asus

The sources indicate that the first model, the Zenfone 4 Max is targeted to compete with the following:

  • Oppo R11
  • Vivo X9
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
  • HTC U11

Digitimes suggests also that the delay in the Zenfone 3 launch meant that Asus shipped 10 million phones in 2016, missing the target of 25 million units. It’s difficult to verify sales numbers simply because Asus does not disclose that information. If you watch any investors conference, you will see Asus CEO Jerry Shen tip toe around questions regarding sales volumes. The number may be debatable but indicators are that the Zenfone 3 did fall short in terms of meeting sales targets.

[source: digitimes.com]

China gets new Zenfone ZC550TL (X015D), sporting new ZenUI 4.0

Here is something interesting. Check out this new smartphone that Asus is bringing to the China market. It’s the X015D. We would like to be able to call this something, but translation tools are struggling. Is this the Asus “Electric God 4”? Google translate tells us so, but something is askew. Whatever it’s called, it’s not the Zenfone 4 Max but it’s certainly a chip off the same old block.

It’s packing a 5,000mAh battery which is actually a bit larger than the Zenfone 4 Max. That’s the key selling point, aside from the low price. Like the new Zenfone 4 Max, the 120-degree photo snapping capabilities is a big selling point on this phone as well.

As an added bonus, this is a first look at ZenUI 4.0, albeit in Chinese. The icons that you see on the renders are not going to be similar, but it’s entirely likely that some of the ZenUI 4.0 redesign can be seen. If anyone can help with the translation, please feel free to add a comment below! It would be nice to see this ZC550TL in the wild to give a better idea of ZenUI 4.0 but there is simply a lack of sources out there right now.

Here is a gallery with some looks at the ZenUI 4.0 version Chinese edition:

 

First let’s look at the specs of the ZC550TL.

  • 5.5-inch display
  • 1280 x 720 resolution
  • MediaTek MT6750 @ 1.5GHz
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Storage
  • Android 7.0
  • 5MP front camera, dual 13MP + 8MP rear camera
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 154.5mm x 76.6mm x 8.85 mm
  • 200g
  • ¥1399.00

Asus ZC550TL Gallery:

 

[source: Asus.com.cn]

UK pre orders begin for Zenfone AR

The UK market did not get a Zenfone 3 release and no, we’re not joking. We can’t think of many other markets that were excluded entirely from an official Zenfone 3 release but this was the case for the UK. We can’t say for certain if this means the UK is on for the Zenfone 4, but it’s looks more likely now.

Now in 2017, Asus is bringing a Zenfone into the UK market. The Zenfone AR (ZS571KL) is now up for pre order. Before we talk price, keep in mind that the Zenfone AR is pretty much packing every possible top end spec imaginable with the exception of the latest Snapdragon 835. The Zenfone AR packs a Snapdragon 821 but it’s a tweaked out version which does run faster than the traditional 821.

Zenfone AR in the UK price: £799.99

Pre Order Gift: Free Google Daydream headset +
£30 Google Play Voucher with purchase

Asus states there is a limited quantity and be assured they mean what they say. If you want this, pre order it. Asus has been quite conservative on stock quantities so buying now is a far better idea.

This is the world’s first Tango enabled and Daydream ready smartphone on the market. If you’re asking me what the ultimate feature, I would say it’s the high resolution AMOLED display. Nothing looks better than AMOLED and the beauty of the display never gets tired. This particular version packs 128GB onboard storage which is also very impressive. This is essentially like a next generation Zenfone 3 Deluxe, except it’s better.

 

How important is price when deciding whether to buy a Zenfone 4?

We’ve ran a poll on the site for a long time regarding features you most want from a Zenfone. Battery life and price are the top choice, by a long shot.

As we are quickly approaching the Zenfone 4 launch, let’s look at price.

Asus has remained steadfast on their new pricing. They are set on being just below the Apple and Samsung flagships. They appear not interested in compromising, as Asus CEO Jerry Shen feels customers have accepted the new pricing strategy. Or has the consumer accepted the strategy?

One thing seems quite clear. The China smartphone manufacturers are dealing with large orders and thus they can get better pricing on components. However the latest OnePlus model was being criticized even though it’s packing top end hardware. People expect that to be priced like the previous generation which has led to some public negativity. Seems like a pretty fickle audience out there who want the best for cheap.

Our sense is that the Zenfone 4 series is going to maintain the pricing tradition of the Zenfone 3 series. Be assured that the 2017 Zenfone 4 will not be near the Samsung and Apple pricing, but it will offer equal hardware and equal or better design.

At a recent Asus investors conference Asus CEO Jerry Shen said the Zenfone 4 will be about sales. What did he mean by that? The true way to gain sales in today’s market is by having cheap prices. So if the price remains at a similar level as to the Zenfone 3, how will you react? With the increased competition driving prices down, how can Asus expect more sales with holding steady on their higher pricing model?

It has begun. Asus Taiwan puts out 4 new Zenfone 4 teaser images

Asus is now officially starting the ramp up to the Zenfone 4 release, at least for the Taiwan market. Europe and North America are likely waiting well into September although nothing have been confirmed by Asus just yet. We’ve only seen a Zenfone 4 invitation to Rome which was on September 21st if our memory serves us correctly.

So let’s first take a look at the snippets that Asus is showing with their four teaser images:

  • Time to be clearer
    • Night is more beautiful
  • Time to see more than one
    • Shoot more
  • Time to be more than one
    • Add one more to
  • Time to see more
    • See More

So if you didn’t notice, cameras seems to be a big aspect of the Zenfone 4 series. We did see news quite some time ago that Asus brought in a significant group of experts regarding photography which should result in something amazing. You would at least hope it will be a difference maker.

So these teasers indicate dual lens, likely front and back, with wide angle photography, better night photography and impressive zoom capabilities.

How excited are you about dual lens cameras and overall improved photography on the Zenfone 4 series?

[source: Asus Taiwan Facebook]

Update brings RAW image support to Zenfone AR (ZS571KL)

There is a new software update from Asus for the Zenfone AR (ZS571) and it brings RAW image support.

Version: ZS571KL_ WW_14.1600.1706.21

Release Date: 2017/07/17

You can update manually by going into your system settings, about, system update.

The Zenfone AR is set to release in more markets including the US exclusive for Verizon. That particular model will have 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. That was from the original press release although those specs may change. We’ve seen the Canadian specs which show 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. We are expecting a release for North America in days, not weeks at this point.

[source: Asus Zen Talk]