Asus Brings AR and VR ZenFone to Verizon

Google's Project Tango provides camera hardware with 3D sensing technology, which will allow the Asus Zenfone AR to overlay digital images over the real world. We've already seen Tango's augmented reality capabilities with the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, the first handset to support the platform.

Compared to the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the Asus Zenfone AR comes with more promise due to its better specifications and thinner body.

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. No pricing has been revealed just yet. Microsoft and Google have been very public with their projects, while there are rumors that Apple is secretly working on both AR and VR too. With this platform, Google aims to offer a platform to developers to create a wide variety of augmented reality experiences that range from indoor navigation, indoor mapping and environmental recognition. The camera on the back is a 23-megapixel shooter, and it's running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

Rather than going unlocked, ASUS gave selling rights for the ZenFone AR to the nation's biggest carrier. The computing power is made possible thanks to the Snapdragon 821 processor with 8GB of RAM so that the applications can keep up with the demanding power of the phone. It also houses a 8MP front-facing camera.

The Asus ZenFone AR features a vapor cooling system which prevents the handset from overheating when using Tango and Daydream. After five months since its announcement, the handset is yet to become available for purchase, but during I/O Google said the product will finally hit retail this summer. In the future, Bavor imagines one scenario in which VPS works along with an audio interface to help those with visual impairments navigate the world more effectively.


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