Asus Zenfone AR Specs & Latest News: Virtual & Augmented Reality Combined In One Device! Faster Processor RevealedBy Staff Writer, UniversityHerald Reporter
Asus has partnered with Google for a phone that has both virtual and augmented reality. The Asus Zenfone AR will be revealed at the company's press conference in CES 2017 this week.
The Asus Zenfone AR will be revealed on Wednesday, Jan. 4 in CES 2017, according to a recently leaked announcement from Qualcomm. The leaked post indicated that the device is the world's "first Tango-enabled smartphone to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor" that goes along the likes of Google's Pixel phones. The Asus Zenfone AR is also the first mobile device to be "both Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready."
Popular leaker Evan Blass revealed the Asus Zenfone AR's press render on Twitter recently. Check out the phone's look below.
ASUS ZenFone AR (2nd Google Tango phone) pic.twitter.com/ctKQ9IKfeC
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 2, 2017
The photo showed the Asus Zenfone AR's camera array as smaller than Lenovo's first Project Tango phone called the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, CNET pointed out. Asus' upcoming handset also has a faster processor than the Phab 2 Pro.
The Asus Zenfone AR combines Google's Daydream View VR platform and Tango's advanced 3D depth-sensing cameras. The merger is what Clay Bavor, Google's vice president of virtual reality, has been planning for since Daydream and Tango became one in 2016.
The Asus Zenfone AR is designed to accommodate VR with "high-resolution display, ultra-smooth graphics and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking," Qualcomm's blog post added. Snapdragon 821 is responsible for delivering "cutting-edge visual, audio and interactive technologies required to deliver truly immersive mobile VR experience for leading Android smartphones."
With the Daydream View headset and controller, the Asus ZenFone AR will be able to support various apps such as Google Street View, YouTube, Netflix, HBO and Hulu. Games like "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," "Gunjack 2," "LEGO BrickHeadz" and "Need for Speed," among others, can be accessed by users too.
Tango's depth-sensing cameras and sensors play at "inside-out tracking" or area mapping. Tango is capable of learning about spaces and track movement and place items over reality.
Daydream, on the other hand, is a hardware and software platform that Google hopes will become the standard for mobile VR someday. To accomplish VR in mobile devices, Daydream needs a high-end Android smartphone with a VR mode, a lightweight headset and a Google-designed motion controller, according to a separate report from CNET.
Aside from Asus, other tech companies have gone onboard to create Daydream-ready phones, including Samsung, LG, Huawei, HTC, Alcatel, ZTE and Xiaomi. What do you think of the Asus Zenfone AR so far? Tell us below!