It will be the first smartphone in the world to be powered with Google's AR programme Tango and VR software DayDream.

Asus to launch AR VR-enabled smartphone Zenfone AR in India on July 13
Atom Smartphones Tuesday, July 04, 2017 - 15:06

Taiwanese smartphone maker ASUS is set to launch their much-anticipated augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)-enabled smartphone ‘Zenfone AR’ on July 13 in India .

The smartphone, with its advanced technology and immersive experience, is poised to push the boundaries of reality.

According to industry sources, the device, powered with Google's Tango AR programme and DayDream VR software, is expected to change the way consumers interact with the world. It is the first smartphone in the world to be launched with Tango and DayDream.

Daydream is Google’s extended VR project. Reports suggest that the ASUS ZenFone AR will let users measure objects, visualize tables, sofas or any other furniture, play virtual reality games and more.

Google’s Tango adds the ability of motion tracking to the ASUS ZenFone AR.  It features three cameras. The rear camera has a 23-megapixel Sony IMX 318 sensor with OIS and 4K video recording support and other two shooters for motion tracking and depth sensing. It also has an 8MP camera on the front.

With its depth-sensing cameras, the Zenfone AR has been designed to track areas and keep them in their memories so that they can be recognized by the system later. It also comes with the ability to map physical spaces. Apart from tracking objects, the ASUS ZenFone AR can portray visual effects in a non-virtual environment.

Announced at CES 2017 early this year in Las Vegas, the smartphone will sport 8GB RAM. While the company claims that it is the first smartphone in the world with 8GB RAM, OnePlus seems to have beat it becoming the first, at least in India, to ship a phone with 8GB of RAM.

The Zenfone ARis backed by a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, specially customised for Google Tango.  The phone runs on Android Nougat.

Further details on the smartphone are expected to be announced soon. 

(With IANS inputs)

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