Coming back to January at CES event as the ASUS ZenFone AR was first introduced. It’s a special phone, as the handset supports both Google Tango and Google Daydream.
Until now, the phone has not yet to go on sale in the US, but thing has recently changed: the ZenFone AR can now be grabbed exclusively through Verizon carrier. You can pick up the phone for $27 per month in two years, or for $648 without contract. Those who don’t know, Project Tango is a reality technology that needs the help of three separate cameras to perform its function. The first one is for depth sensing, the second one takes responsibility for motion tracking, and finally a standard 23 MP snapper is the main sensor. Three cameras allow the phone to project 3D images on the screen, and it allows you to move around the room while the AR projection gets its position and orientation.
Although it comes with a variety of potential, the technology is not currently too popular right now, due to the limited apps catalog. It only lets you measure the space around your home and put 3D models of furniture inside it, so that you can plan your new interior project. After the introduction of Google Tango, there was another contender joining in- Apple’s AR Kit. This is just as precise as Tango, but it only utilizes on one smartphone camera, and will be available to Apple iOS 11 users in this fall. The new Apple’s AR Kit will includes owner of the iPhone SE, all iPad Pro and the newest 9.7-inch iPad, making Apple’s platform easier for AR developers.
While the ASUS ZenFone AR will face many competitions when iOS 11 is officialy rolled out, it’s a one-of-a-kind Android device for now. In terms of hardware, the ZenFone AR features the Snapdragon 821 SoC a long with 128 GB of inbuilt storage. The US model even packs with 6 GB of RAM, while this figure for the international variant is 8 GB of RAM. The rest of specs include a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, and a 3,300 mAh battery capacity.