ASUS ZenFone AR with Google Tango comes this summer

Posted May 20, 2017

The tech giant previously talked about several variants of the device boasting different amounts of RAM and internal storage, with Verizon now saying that only one particular model of the ZenFone AR will be available for purchase in the United States. During Google I/O, Johnny Lee, head of the Google Tango team, demonstrated Tango and Daydream on the ZenFone AR.

Tango is an augmented reality (AR) platform that uses qualified devices to detect their users' positions relative to places and objects around them without using Global Positioning System or other external signals. Here is a quick round-up of all things related to virtual and augmented reality technologies. It doesn't need Global Positioning System to do that but it can effectively make AR experiences and apps that take advantage of 3D mapping, environmental recognition, and indoor navigation.

The upcoming Expeditions AR mode harnesses Google's Tango AR platform, which uses Visual Positioning Service (VPS) technology to map indoor locations.

The smartphone comes with a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 rear camera, with usual Tango sensors for motion tracking and depth sensing.

ASUS worked closely with Google to develop the ASUS ZenFone AR so we can expect the Daydream and Tango-powered device to impress the mobile market.

In case you have been living under a rock all this while and are wondering what Google Tango is all about, here is a minor refresher course.

The new ZenFone will be released with Verizon and will feature a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with 2K resolution. The ZenFone AR will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with a massive 8GB RAM.

The Asus Zenfone AR will potentially be able to bring augmented reality into the mainstream, which should bode well for the technology and the developers now supporting it. External audio also gets a boost with the ZenFone AR's new ultra-loud 5-magnet speaker.