ZenFone AR has both VR and AR
At CES 2017, Asus announced the new ZenFone AR, which is the first phone to support Google’s mobile-enhanced reality platform, Tango, and Google’s Android-based Daydream VR platform at the same time. After Lenovo Phab Pro, it’s also the second phone to support Tango.
ZenFone AR has a Snapdragon 821 processor. Believed to be optimized for Tango, this processor is accompanied by 6 GB of RAM. The device has a 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560-pixel Super AMOLED screening comes with Android 7.0 Nougat. On the back, we see a 23-megapixel main camera with Tango’s enhanced reality capabilities using motion detection camera and depth detection camera. The pricing of the phone will be given later, but the phone itself will be on the market in the second quarter of 2017.
Tango was said to be able to bring various detection and tracking abilities to Google Daydream, but Google says for the moment there is no co-operation between Tango and Daydream in ZenFone AR. The phone’s screen is larger than the screen of Google’s 5.5-inch Pixel XL. But like all Daydream compatible devices, Asus’s phone can fit into Google’s Daydream View VR headset.
On the Tango side, Asus underlines the fact that it works with Google and other manufacturers to increase the number of existing applications. At the moment there is around 30 apps supported by Tango. Among them are Lowe’s application with a focus on home design and the demonstration of a virtual dinosaur by the American Museum of Natural History.
Both the Tango and Daydream platforms have great potential. But it is not possible at the moment to say whether these will be attractive points for people to buy. These features offered by AR and VR are planned to become standard for Android in the future. Asus ZenFone AR will be a good test environment to show how a phone that hosts these technologies will offer life experiences.