Alongside the ZenFone 3 Zoom, which is essentially a Camera buffed ZenFone 3, ASUS announced probably one of the first really interesting Smartphone releases of 2017, the ZenFone AR.
Where as currently you’ve to choose between a general Smartphone, or one capable for Virtual Reality, then if you go with the VR ready one you’ve to get some goggle to make you look silly which is an extra price …then you find out Tango is a thing and you’re stuck. Okay maybe it’s a stretch that, but the fact is the ZenFone AR combines both, its Daydream compatible with the same headset Google ships for the Pixel, and supports the new technology called Google Daydream, previously only shown on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.
Whilst some could argue Google’s two very different visions of reality could make the experience rather conflicting, one thing is undeniable about both and that’s how great they are, and with Tango how the possibilities really are endless.
Despite not having massive user bases right now, both Tango and Daydream do have quite a healthy lists of apps with high profile software exclusives to keep you entertained, so having both can only be beneficial right.
Unlike the Lenovo originally released to show off early Google Tango, the ASUS ZenFone AR is powerful enough to also support VR with the SnapDragon 821 Processor backed up by either 6GB or a silly 8GB of RAM, a far cry off the rather middle of the road specifications found in the Lenovo device.
Whilst, yes, that’s a late 2016 chip, not the latest SnapDragon 835, it’s still very future proof and more than capable for the years to come, plus with Tango and Daydream to distract and show off to your friends, who cares about the rest. Besides, ASUS have rest assured that they’ve worked together with Qualcomm and Google to ensure the 821 is up to handling both Tango and Daydream tasks, though Google is quick to point out that there will be no Daydream apps that use Tango to offer any kind of hybrid experience.
Another step up from the Lenovo, is the size, instead of being stupid large at 6.4 inch, the 5.7 inch body of the ZenFone AR is much more bearable and yet still big enough to enjoy the full experience of Google Tango. That experience will look incredibly clear as well on the 2560 x 1440 resolution, which of course will help the experience with your Headset with Google Daydream.
Add to all of this, DTS Virtual Surround Sound in the speaker department, Hi-Res audio support in the headphone jack, vapour cooling system to keep the phone as cool as possible, this thing is one powerful and very capable Smartphone. The 21MP Camera won’t break any records, but is a very capable shooter with the expectations all ticked off such as 4K recording and great HDR performance.
The ASUS ZenFone AR will ship in Q2 2017 for an, as of yet, undisclosed price, which is the usual case at these trade show.
If you’re reading all this wondering what the difference is between Google Daydream and Tango, watch the video below showcasing Tango in it’s earlier stages on the Lenovo device below;
WHOA THIS PHONE IS AWESOME!
Video provided by Lamarr Wilson on YouTube.