Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

ASUS ZenFone AR will launch at Verizon this summer

ASUS ZenFone AR will launch at Verizon this summer

That energized developers and consumers who are seeking an all-in-one device for augmented reality and virtual reality. During Google I/O, Johnny Lee, head of the Google Tango team, demonstrated Tango and Daydream on the ZenFone AR.

Verizon will begin selling the ASUS ZenFone AR this summer for a priced to be announced at a later date.

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Asus said that the ZenFone AR is the world's first smartphone that supports both Tango AR and Daydream VR technologies developed by Google.

To start with the device comes with a 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, which makes it an ideal device to run augmented reality apps. The wireless carrier will be retailing the variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space which is neither the cheapest nor the most expensive model of the handset.

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Qualcomm Adreno™ 530 GPU: With 6GB of RAM and the desktop-class Qualcomm Adreno™ 530 graphics processing unit (GPU) that delivers supercharged graphics performance, the ZenFone AR handles the visual graphic demands of Tango and Daydream easily. ASUS claims the audio should be exceptionally loud thanks to a 5-magnet speaker system.

While we know that it will be exclusive to Verizon, exactly when it goes on sale is a bit of a mystery. Consumers didn't warm up to Lenovo's Phab2 Pro previous year; therefore, it could've been possible for the ZenFone AR to be a Tango-ready device that consumers actually care about. ASUS simply says it will be available in the "summer", meaning it could launch at any point in a three-month span. Pricing is also unknown, but it will be revealed later.

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