Qualcomm seems to have jumped the gun and published a release for the new Asus Zenfone AR. The Asus made phone is Google’s second Tango phone. Qualcomm in its release also claimed it to be the first device to be Tango and Daydream ready.
Tango is platform developed by Google to showcase Augmented Reality on a smartphone. While the technology has been under testing for quite some time, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was the first Tango phone to go on sale. The technology makes use of multiple sensors and cameras to display Augmented Reality on the mobile.
As per Qualcomm, the Zenfone AR will be powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor which is the same chipset powering the OnePlus 3T and the Google Pixel XL. The Zenfone AR will also have other Tango dedicated hardware but the details are unknown. Qualcomm also published an image of the Zenfone AR which was captured by leakster @evleaks before the page was pulled down.
The Asus made Zenfone AR sports the AR gear on the back and a fingerprint scanner mounted on the front. The screen size of the device is unknown but we hope it would be smaller than the Phab 2 Pro. The Zenfone also seems to be running ZenUI, hopefully on Android 7.1 Nougat. The phone also support Daydream, Google’s attempt to bring Virtual Reality to the smartphone.
Asus is expected to make quite a few launched on 4th Jan at CES. The launches include the Zenfone AR and an unknown device powered by the Snapdragon 835 chip. Stay tuned to Pricebaba for the entire CES coverage.