The Asus Zenfone AR is the first phone approved from launch for Google’s Tango and Daydream systems. (Far from being fictional investigators, Tango and Daydream are Google‘s Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality systems, principles from which developers can build mobile apps.) Slip the Zenfone AR into a Daydream headset and one of the crispest VR experiences you can get with the configuration is the 1440p OLED screen on the camera.
Presented to the grand salon high tech de Las Vegas, the Zenfone AR Asus is not an Android smartphone like the others. This is the first model Asus with applications of augmented reality (adding virtual elements in a real-world environment) and virtual reality.
It is compatible with the technology Tango from Google, for example, to display the directions in a museum or arrange for virtually its interior, but also with the virtual reality helmet Daydream, to immerse themselves in the games. Of course, other models Asus are already compatible with Tango or with Daydream, but not with both.
To use these technologies, the device embeds a high-end equipment with a Snapdragon cpu 821, and 8 Gb of ram, compared to only 1 to 2 Gb for smartphones traditional. Its photo sensor also benefits from a high definition 23-megapixel camera to get an accurate picture. And to take advantage of augmented reality, its screen has a diagonal of 5.7 inches, which range the device is in the category of phablets running. The Zenfone AR is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017. Its price is not yet known but is likely to be high.