Months after it was first teased, the ASUS Zenfone AR is finally hitting the US shelves soon. On Thursday in a press release, the smartphone maker announced it is releasing the device this summer with Google’s Tango AR and Daydream VR out of the box. ASUS Zenfone AR is the world’s first smartphone to support both of Google’s nascent augmented and virtual reality platforms.
To keep you updated, we listed below everything we know about the handset’s release.
ASUS Zenfone AR Release & Price
During a VR keynote at Google I/O, Tango program head Johnny Lee confirmed that the ASUS’ AR-supporting smartphone will go on sale as a Verizon-exclusive later this summer. It will likely be sold alongside an unlocked model for other users who want to go all-in for the AR experience.
Unfortunately, both companies have yet to share pricing and availability details but ASUS CEO Jerry Chen previously said the ZenFone AR would launch “at a competitive price.”
— ASUS North America (@ASUSUSA) May 18, 2017
ASUS Zenfone AR Specs & Features
ASUS’ latest smartphone houses the following specs:
- Android 7.0 Nougat OS
- 6 GB of RAM
- 128 GB of storage
- 5.7-inch super AMOLED screen
- Gorilla Glass 4
- WQHD (1440 x 2560) resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
- Qualcomm® Adreno™ 530 GPU
- Superior Hi-Res Audio and DTS Virtual Surround Sound
- 23-megapixel Tricamera (PixelMaster 3.0, motion-tracking, and Infrared) system with f/2.0 lens
- 8-megapixel front camera
- 3300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
- Tango AR Support
- Daydream VR Support
Prior to ASUS, Google has partnered with Lenovo to debut its AR platform on the Phab 2 Pro last summer. Although the ZenFone AR is much smaller than the first Tango phone, it is reportedly designed and built well. ASUS’ new smartphone also works really well with Tango when it’s available at launch.
Its AR capabilities include viewing Gap clothes in one’s size on a digital mannequin or configure, customize, and walk around BMW’s i3 and i8 cars with its app. You may experiment with different furniture in your living room from Lowe’s as well. Beyond those, there are also apps for YouTube, Netflix and Google Street View.
For now, details about the device is scarce. But we will let you know here at The Bitbag once new information becomes available. In the meantime, let us know what you think of ASUS Zenfone AR. What are your expectations from the handset? Leave your comments below!