Asus has announced its ZenFone AR, the device which is both Google Tango enabled and Daydream-ready. Daydream is Google’s platform for high-quality, mobile virtual reality and supports Daydream VR apps. Lenovo previously has launched Phab 2 Pro as the first device with Google Tango. The smartphone comes with a massive 8GB RAM, the biggest RAM in any smartphone so far, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor along with Adreno 530 GPU.
Tango is a set of sensors and computer-vision software by Google that enables smartphone for augmented reality experience. The ASUS ZenFone AR was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017) in Las Vegas. Asus says that the extra RAM will help in handling features such as Project Tango Augmented Reality and Daydream Virtual Reality (also, phone will be superfast). It supports Daydream VR too and also has what Asus calls a TriCam System.
Weighing 160 grams ZenFone AR has 5.7-inch WQHD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED display. The phone comes with Android 7.0 Nougat.
Zenfone AR has 23 megapixel main camera along with motion-tracking camera and depth-sensing camera – coupled as “Asus TriCam System”. The design of the ASUS TriCam system clusters its array of cameras to reduce their footprint on the phone, enabling the entire phone to be thinner and lighter. The front camera is a 8MP wide-angle sensor. The main camera is reported to be using Sony’s IMX318 image sensor under the hood and also features optical image stabilization.
ZenFone AR features a new five-magnet speaker that makes Daydream VR apps, games, etc. It has 3300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and internal storage options come in variety of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB along with microSD card support up to 2 terabyte.
Its a dual-SIM (Nano-sim) smartphone and features NFC connectivity and supports USB Type-C 2.0. Sensors include Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, Ambient light sensor, RGB sensor, IR sensor (Laser Focus), Fingerprint scanner, and Barometer. With all the heavy-duty specs on board, this phone is bound to ‘heat up’, so Asus says that there is a vapor cooling system onboard too. Pretty cool right?
The ZenFone AR should hit the market this year for a price somewhere between $500 and $600.