19 May, 2017
So then, when the ZenFone AR arrives later this year, do you plan on picking one up? Not only that, but it does so in a significantly smaller device than the first Google Tango device from Lenovo.
After Google's announcement, Verizon released an official statement stating that the ZenFone AR would be a Verizon-exclusive handset and that it would be both Tango-enabled and DayDream-ready upon release. So the smartphone is now expected to be available in the next few months only.
The new ZenFone will be released with Verizon and will feature a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with 2K resolution.
Compared to the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the Asus Zenfone AR comes with more promise due to its better specifications and thinner body.
While it is great that this new phone will ship with both Google's AR and VR platforms, there are concerns that it won't sell as well because it is shipping with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, one that's been shipping in phones for quite some time and has been outdone by the Snapdragon 835. Also, Verizon has not yet stated anything about the retail price, so it is just a matter of waiting.
Launching on Verizon is big for the ZenFone AR as well as Google's Daydream and Tango platforms. The device is also the first to sport a whopping 8GB of RAM and the company has also promised that the device will come in different variants including a 6GB of RAM and storage option ranging from 32GB to up to 256GB.
Tango capabilities means that the phone is capable of motion tracking, depth perception and area learning. The main camera also supports TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, and continuous focus. Battery capacity is pegged at 3,300mAh.
It would be possible for the phone to come with Android O installed out of the box instead of Nougat, but it is highly unlikely that any third-party manufacturer will be able to configure Android O that fast.