Asus ZenFone AR, world’s first smartphone to support both Google’s mobile augmented reality-Tango and Daydream VR will be released at some point this summer. While Google shared its VR and AR at the company’s I/O conference, Tango project lead Lee at the VR keynote unveiled that the Asus ZenFone AR will arrive to Verizon sometime this summer.
The Tango-enabled Asus ZenFone AR was first introduced at CES in January this year. Apart from Google’s AR and VR support, the device offer a pack of unique features that would pique one’s interest. The ZenFone AR sports a 5.7-inch WQHD (1440×2560 resolution) AMOLED display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. The phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat and comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The metal unibody Asus ZenFone AR feature a 23-mepagixel rear camera along with optical hardware required to run Tango applications. Asus claims that the device will boast three Tango capabilities- motion tracking depth sensing and area learning. The Tango technology will enable the handset to “detect how far it is away from a floor, wall, or an object and understand where it is moving in three-dimensional space”. The ZenFone AR also comes with an external five magnet speaker that will support Hi-Res audio and DTS virtual surround sound.
While the Taiwanese tech company said that Verizon will be the “exclusive” wireless for the ZenFone AR, details regarding the price and when the smartphone would hit stores shelves are yet to be announced.
“The next-generation smartphone represents a significant advancement in mobile virtual and augmented reality technologies. The ZenFone AR is the world’s first smartphone that supports both Tango AR and Daydream VR technologies developed by Google, giving users totally new ways to engage with and be entertained by their smartphones. During Google I/O, Johnny Lee, head of the Google Tango team, demonstrated Tango and Daydream on the ZenFone AR. The ZenFone AR will come with the Android 7.0 Nougat OS with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, and will be available this summer at Verizon,” Asus stated in a press release.