Asus ZenFone AR arriving this summer as a Verizon

Laverne Mann
May 20, 2017

There will be more about what's next in both AR and VR at Google in tomorrow's I/O session. For those who don't know much about the ZenFone AR - this phone is a beast! After finally having Lowe's launch its new AR home plotting spaces at 400 of it locations, the three companies have announced that the Tango-enabled ZenFone AR will be coming to the carrier in the summer.

During I/O 2017 Google also talked about its upcoming stand-alone mobile virtual reality headsets, which unlike the current Daydream View or Gear VR, don't need a premium smartphone to function. But the ZenFone AR is certainly going to be the nerdiest device you'll find at Verizon stores, so it'll be interesting to see how Verizon markets Tango and Daydream to the everyday smartphone shopper.

The ASUS ZenFone AR will also boast a 5.7-inch display panel with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels and be powered by the Snapdragon 821, Qualcomm's a year ago system-on-chip (SoC) equipped with the Adreno 530 GPU.

In order to grow the ecosystem of apps which can take advantage of these platforms, Google is also looking at helping developers with tools like Instant Preview, which allows for changes made to a VR experience to be reflected on the headset "in seconds, not minutes", therefore speeding up development considerably.

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In comparison, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and 4 GB of RAM, with only 64 GB of storage and a 6.4-inch QHD display.

For those not on Verizon, we'd say the odds of an unlocked version being sold around the same time is high.

So then, when the ZenFone AR arrives later this year, do you plan on picking one up? The built-in camera uses Sony's IMX318 sensor and TriTech autofocus system. The device comes with an 8-megapixel front camera and is backed by a 3,300mAh battery.

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