ASUS ZenFone AR will launch at Verizon this summer

Nichole Vega
May 20, 2017

Google is going to be running a pilot program later this year, but until the Tango tech is in more widely available devices it's going to remain a very valuable tool, but one outside the reach of most schools. The New Jersey-based wireless carrier will start selling the ASUS ZenFone AR this summer, the company revealed, without providing a specific release date that will presumably be revealed in the coming weeks. This should translate into better sales for the successor, especially as consumers become more curious with both augmented reality and virtual reality. This allows application developers to create AR experiences that include indoor navigation, 3D mapping, and environmental recognition, among other augmented reality applications.

The smartphone comes with a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 rear camera, with usual Tango sensors for motion tracking and depth sensing. 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.

ASUS worked closely with Google to develop the ASUS ZenFone AR so we can expect the Daydream and Tango-powered device to impress the mobile market.

ASUS' ZenFone AR features a 5.7-inch (2560×1440) AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, a 23MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 3300mAh battery. ASUS and Google are also partnering with well-known brands to bring the Tango AR experience to customers.

The Asus Zenfone AR will potentially be able to bring augmented reality into the mainstream, which should bode well for the technology and the developers now supporting it. Sound supports DTS virtual surround sound and external audio is produced with an "ultra-loud" 5 magnet speaker.

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