During the CES 2017, Asus has announced two new ZenFones. The Zenfone AR is a smartphone with 8GB of RAM and supports Google Tango and Daydream.
The Asus Zenfone AR is next to the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro the second smartphone with support for Google Tango. This means that the smartphone has a camera module that features depth sensing and an infrared laser. A feature which ables you to get a detailed map of for example a living room with furniture. With the Tango app the user can use augmented reality applications by for example placing virtual objects through the camera. Asus demonstrated with an app of the clothing brand GAP how different virtual garments can be displayed on a model.
The Zenfone AR features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 with 8GB RAM and an 5.7 inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. The camera in the smartphone is the Sony IMX318 sensor with four-axis optical image stabilization. The 8-megapixel selfie camera is also comes with a dual-LED real tone flash.
Other specifications are: four internal storage choices of 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB (can be expanded with MicroSD), Android 7.0 Nougat customized with Zen UI 3.0, USB Type-C port and a fingerprint scanner. It also has a 3,300 mAh battery with fast charging support. The smartphone also supports the Google Daydream platform for running VR applications with a controller.
The device is expected to hit the market in the second quarter of this year, unfortunately the pricetag is still unknown.