Asus ZenFone AR
Ahead of CES 2017, it is confirmed that Asus ZenFone AR is going to be launched. Qualcomm, chip maker, accidentally revealed that Asus will launch the Google Tango powered smartphone on 4th of January. According to that blog post, ZenFone AR takes advantage of Snapdragon 821 processor. It is the first mobile device that ships with both Tango and Daydream capabilities. Qualcomm has now removed the blog post.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor is seen on Google Pixel and the OnePlus 3T. In the tweaks, no specs for the unannounced device were provided. The phone is built to run Google’s Tango AR platform and the backside feature include back cameras, assortment of sensors and more.
“The ZenFone AR with Snapdragon 821 is built for VR with high-resolution display, ultra-smooth graphics and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking,” Qualcomm’s blog post reads. “Snapdragon 821 provides the cutting-edge visual, audio and interactive technologies required to deliver a truly immersive mobile VR experience for leading Android smartphones.”
Daydream is Google’s take on the high quality mobile VR experience. Though it is only limited to Google Pixel and Pixel XL as of now, but other brands such as HTC, LG, Xiaomi and Huawei will also launch Daydream-compatible smartphones. Daydream view allows you to watch movies, TV shows and even play VR games.
Asus is expected to officially reveal the Zenfone AR at CES 2017 which kicks off in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The first commercial device featuring Google Tango was Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Now, the ZenFone AR will support Daydream VR versions of Google Street View, YouTube, Netflix, HBO, Hulu and games. It will be powered by the Snapdragon 821 processor while the other specifications have not been shared. We will keep you updated as and when the official details go live.
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