At a recently held press conference at CES 2017 Expo in Las Vegas, Asus announced its new Asus ZenFone AR handset that comes with Google Tango and Daydream compatibility and some top-end specs onboard.
Due to the Tango compatibility, users will be able to enjoy perks of augmented reality in the surrounding space and some immersive content viewing with the Google Daydream. The fun with augmented reality is that your can project images and content right from your smartphone in your surrounding space and see how well to they fit the real-life areas.
The Asus ZenFone AR comes with a set-up of three primary cameras to unleash the Project Tango capabilities. Project Tango aims at creating indoor,3D maps wherein one of the three cameras works for motion-tracking, the other for depth-tracking and the third one for room mapping.
This helps to gauge the user movement in the 3D space and quickly contributes to overlay the augmented in the spaces around you. In the three-camera-system of Asus ZenFone AR, one of the major cameras is the comes with 23MP resolution and features the latest Sony IMX 318 sensors. The other two cameras handle the motion and depth tracking.
Moreover, in comparison to other existing Tango compatible headsets which offer bulky camera set-up, the ZenFone AR has got far better aesthetics and elegance to its shape. This makes the Asus ZenFone AR as the slimmest Project Tango phone till date.
At the moment, there are only 35 Project Tango compatible apps on the Google Play Store and we expect the number to increase by a considerable amount in 2017.
Looking to its specs, the handset comes with a 5.7inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. Moreover, it has got an excellent 79% of screen-to-body ratio making it a perfect fit for the Google Daydream to view rich and immersive content at ease.
To its heart lies the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset with Tango compatibility and Adreno 530 GPU for the graphics support. The device features a whopping onboard 8GB of RAM memory. Additionally, the device also features a fingerprint scanner to its home button at the front.
The Asus ZenFone AR is expected to be made available in the second quarter of 2017. However, we are yet to hear any work regarding its pricing.
Take a look at the below introductory video for ZenFone AR released by Asus.