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ASUS ZenFone AR Coming To The US As A Verizon Exclusive

20 May 2017

Unfortunately, there still aren't any details available about the ZenFone AR's cost, though Asus did confirm that it was looking at a summer launch for the phone in the US. Consumers didn't warm up to Lenovo's Phab2 Pro a year ago; therefore, it could've been possible for the ZenFone AR to be a Tango-ready device that consumers actually care about.

The specifications for the ZenFone AR are well known.

At Google's annual developer conference this week, Google I/O 2017 (May 17-19), the company revealed plans to bring augmented reality (AR) to its immersive education platform Google Expeditions.

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Tango adds three abilities to the ZenFone AR: motion tracking, depth perception and area learning. This means that the ZenFone can determine how far away it is from objects, or surfaces such as a wall or the floor to enable to better movement in 3D space. To date, there are over 100 Tango compatible apps on Google Play.

The new ZenFone will be released with Verizon and will feature a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with 2K resolution. However, there is no information on the pricing of ASUS ZenFone AR smartphone.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor: The Snapdragon 821 processor used by the ZenFone AR has been specially optimized for AR operations.

Tango AR and Daydream VR are still pretty niche when it comes to consumer awareness, especially the former. Sound supports DTS virtual surround sound and external audio is produced with an "ultra-loud" 5 magnet speaker.

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ASUS ZenFone AR Coming To The US As A Verizon Exclusive