Asus will launch its Tango-enabled – as well as Daydream-ready – ZenFone AR phone in India on July 13. The Asus ZenFone AR is the first phone to bundle both Google’s Tango AR and support for Google’s Daydream VR platform into a single device.
First announced at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, ZenFone AR is the world’s first smartphone to support both Daydream and Tango platforms. It also claims to be the world’s first smartphone to come with 8GB RAM. Even though the ZenFone might be the first one to feature 8GB RAM, One plus 5 has recently become the first phone in the country with 8GB RAM.
Google’s Tango technology
ZenFone AR is the world’s first 5.7-inch smartphone with Tango and Daydream by Google. Google’s Tango technology that enables augmented reality (AR) experiences on a relatively affordable phablet form factor: a smartphone that will be aware of it surroundings and allow users to interact with it virtually through AR. The ZenFone AR, is however, the world’s first (and only) smartphone to support Tango as well as Daydream, Google’s Daydream VR technology. With Daydream, you can experience high-quality, immersive virtual reality (VR) with your phone.
What is Google Tango : Tango is a set of sensors and computer vision software that gives ZenFone AR the ability to understand space and motion like humans do, which gives ZenFone AR augmented reality capabilities that feel positively futuristic. Tango adds motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning capabilities to ZenFone AR, so it can understand its motion as it moves through an area, detect how far away it is from the floor, walls, and objects, and see and remember the key visual features of a physical space in three-dimensional space.
What is Google Daydream: Daydream is a virtual reality (VR) platform developed by Google for use with its Google Daydream View virtual reality headset and Android Nougat, the seventh major version of the Android mobile operating system.
Contrasting with Google’s first VR platform, Google Daydream is built into the Android operating system starting with the release of Android 7.1 Nougat. The platform includes both software and hardware specifications, designating compatible phones “Daydream-ready”.
Camera (TriCam System)
The ZenFone AR sports a 23-megapixel camera on the rear with 4-axis Optical Image Stabilisation, alongside a host of depth and motion track sensors. ZenFone AR is equipped with the innovative TriCam system consisting of three rear cameras — a motion tracking, depth sensing, and high-resolution 23MP camera — that enable the phone to create a three-dimensional model of its surroundings and track its motion, so it can see the world just like you do. The high-resolution 23MP camera lets you view virtual objects in your actual environment in stunning detail. On the front, the ZenFone AR sports an 8-megapixel camera.
The motion tracking camera lets ZenFone AR track its location as it moves through space. The depth sensing camera with an infrared (IR) projector lets ZenFone AR measure its distance from real-world objects.
The phone comes with a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a 1440×2560 pixel resolution.
The ZenFone AR features the powerful 14nm smartphone processor — the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 821 processor. To optimize Tango performance on the Snapdragon™ 821 processor, ASUS worked closely with Qualcomm Technologies engineers and Google to efficiently distribute computer vision workloads, as well as six degrees of freedom, commonly referred to as “6DoF”, which is essentially the multi-directional positioning used in Tango. With world’s first 8GB of RAM and the desktop-class Qualcomm Adreno 530 graphics processing unit (GPU) that delivers supercharged graphics performance.
Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, Ambient light sensor, RGB sensor, IR sensor (Laser Focus), Fingerprint, Barometer
Internal storage of 64/128/256 GB which is also expandable.
The dual-SIM and runs Android Nougat-based ZenUI.
SIM 1: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
SIM 2: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
Dual SIM dual standby
SIM 2: Only use the Nano SIM card or the MicroSD card at a time
Both SIM card slots support 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE network band. But only one SIM card can connect to 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE service at a time.
It is backed by a 3,300mAh battery (non-removable).
BoostMaster Fast Charging: 60% battery capacity in 39 minutes (18W)
ZenFone AR’s SonicMaster 3.0 technology combines more audio innovations for AR and VR to be truly immersive. The new five-magnet speaker is driven by a powerful NXP Smart AMP, for expansive, high-volume output. When it’s time for immersive listening, ZenFone AR is able to output certified high-resolution audio to compatible devices at 24-bit/192kHz, or 4x CD quality! Then, ramp up the audio effects with DTS Headphone:X™ to pump virtual 7.1-channel surround sound straight to your ears!
Android™ 7.0 Nougat with ASUS ZenUI 3.0
The Asus ZenFone AR is the first phone to bundle both Google’s Tango AR and support for Google’s Daydream VR platform into a single device.
It’s an achievement that the handset is so thin compared to the hefty Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the first Tango-enabled phone.
The ZenFone AR’s light, slim body makes it nice to hold and use, but we’ll have to see how well it can handle AR and VR phone, and inspire apps and experiences.