Asus ZenFone AR arriving this summer as a Verizon


Verizon will begin selling the ASUS ZenFone AR this summer for a priced to be announced at a later date.

The things that are most interesting about this phone, as the name suggests, are on the inside.

The ZenFone AR is both Project Tango and Daydream VR-ready, which means future owners can get a variety of different experiences with just one handset.

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. That energized developers and consumers who are seeking an all-in-one device for augmented reality and virtual reality. Though Qualcomm unveiled its state-of-the-art Snapdragon 835 processor, Asus says that ZenFone AR was developed in close cooperation with Google to deliver the best Tango and Daydream experiences.

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To recall, the ZenFone AR was also supposed to be the first handset to contain 8GB of RAM.

ASUS has announced that the ZenFone AR will launch at Verizon this summer.

For VR, the large, high-resolution and high-contrast display of the ZenFone AR makes it ideal for VR applications when used as a VR display mounted in the Daydream View headset.

The phone, a marked reduction in size from Lenovo's own Phab 2 Pro effort, will come packed with a Snapdragon 821, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, DTS surround sound enhancements and all the sensors it needs to detect real world distances and performance incredibly complex GUI adjustments. The ZenFone AR is an important step forward for the brand since it bundles both in one neat package.