Asus has officially unveiled its first augmented reality-based smartphone, the Asus ZenFone AR. It is the world’s first smartphone to feature support for Google Tango and Daydream platform as well as to offer 8GB RAM. As for the Tango platform, it is the second smartphone to feature the support after the Lenovo PHAB 2 Pro.
The ZenFone AR features three cameras at the back which include a 23MP primary shooter, a motion tracking camera, and a depth-sensing camera. This setup allows the smartphone to make most of the Tango platform and offer an immersive augmented reality experience to users. These cameras basically help the phone in motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning.
Other specifications of the ZenFone AR include a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. Under the hood, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor which is specially optimized for the Tango platform and Adreno 530 GPU. It features 6GB/8GB RAM options with 32GB/64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage options. It can be expanded to further up to 2TB via microSD card.
On the front, it has an 8MP camera with 85-degree wide angle lens. The whole package is powered by a 3300mAh battery with fast charging. It ships with Asus ZenUI 3.0 based on Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box.
Asus is yet to announce the pricing but the ZenFone AR will be made available in the second quarter of 2017. It is worth mentioning that even though the phone supports Tango and Daydream platforms, they both are not linked to each other in any way.