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CES 2017: Asus Zenfone AR to Bridge Augmented and Virtual Reality

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Mobile gaming is on the rise, and with it, hardware will improve to keep up with the pace. Right now, virtual reality (VR) gaming is not only limited to big and bulky desktop computers. Today?s mobile devices can now provide VR gaming experience on-the-go. And with the Asus Zenfone AR, augmented reality gets thrown into the fray.

Last January 4, Qualcomm inadvertently spilled the beans about the Asus Zenfone AR. According to the ARM chip maker, the new Asus Zenfone AR will be equipped with a Snapdragon 821 processor.

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The post also implied that the new Asus phone will be the first Tango-enabled smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 821. It also features support for Google?s Daydream virtual reality platform. Unfortunately, the link has now been put down since its premature release. However, Evan Blass was quick enough to pick up the slack.

In a recent Twitter post, Blass outed a few rendered images of the supposed Asus Zenfone AR.

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The Asus Zenfone AR is the second phone, after the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, to support Google?s Project Tango.

Project Tango is Google?s technology platform for augmented reality. It uses a mobile device?s camera hardware to detect and approximate spacial orientation and position. It does this without the help of global positioning systems or other external signals.

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Because the Zenfone AR supports both the Project Tango and Google Daydream VR, it effectively bridges the two technologies together. This opens up a myriad of possibilities for the phone itself. Not only that user can make use of its VR capabilities, developers can also combine this with augmented reality.

The Asus Zenfone AR is quite promising indeed. And, with its top-of-the-line hardware specs, consumers will surely enjoy both VR and AR contents on the smartphone. The phone will be unveiled at this month?s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The event will run from January 5 to 8.

For more updates on the Asus Zenfone AR, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.

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