ASUS ZenFone AR will launch at Verizon this summer

Posted May 19, 2017

Asus announced at Google I/O that Verizon will be the exclusive wireless provider of the ZenFone AR in the United States.

The things that are most interesting about this phone, as the name suggests, are on the inside. Verizon stores will have Asus ZenFone AR phones on display "later this summer" - and we assume that this is when the carrier will also start selling the new device.

For those who are not aware, Tango is a technology platform developed and authored by Google that uses computer vision to enable mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to detect their position relative to the world around them without using Global Positioning System, while Daydream is Google's take on the high-quality mobile VR experience. 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 phone won't be for everyone, at least partially because it's probably not going to be cheap, but the appeal of Daydream VR and Tango AR along with the ZenFone AR's high-end spec list could draw some customers to the device. Through these capabilities, the ZenFone AR can detect how far it is away from a floor, wall or an object and understand where it is moving in three-dimensional space.

The Taipei, Taiwan-based consumer electronics manufacturer originally unveiled the ASUS ZenFone AR at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year. Under the hood, the Zenfone AR packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, which the company is optimised for Tango. It also has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage by default.

The main rear camera looks to be very high-end too. However, there is no information on the pricing of ASUS ZenFone AR smartphone.