Asus ZenFone AR coming to Verizon this summer

Not only that, but it does so in a significantly smaller device than the first Google Tango device from Lenovo. The smartphone runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat and support Hi-Res Audio, DTS virtual surround sound, and a 5-magnet speaker. It's packing a Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB of RAM, a microSD slot, 23-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras, and a 3300mAh battery.

During I/O 2017 Google also talked about its upcoming stand-alone mobile virtual reality headsets, which unlike the current Daydream View or Gear VR, don't need a premium smartphone to function. Google's Project Tango provides camera hardware with 3D sensing technology, which will allow the Asus Zenfone AR to overlay digital images over the real world.

The Taipei, Taiwan-based consumer electronics manufacturer originally unveiled the ASUS ZenFone AR at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year. Users may also place digital furniture from Lowe's in the living room to check how they would look within their homes.

Yesterday, we learned that the Asus ZenFone AR would be released sometime this summer - quite many months after the phone's official announcement. With this platform, Google aims to offer a platform to developers to create a wide variety of augmented reality experiences that range from indoor navigation, indoor mapping and environmental recognition. That includes Project Tango for AR and the Daydream VR platform. Google also revealed a headset-optimized version of the Chrome web browser will soon be available.

Rather than going unlocked, ASUS gave selling rights for the ZenFone AR to the nation's biggest carrier.

It uses computer vision to enable mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to detect their position relative to the world around them without using Global Positioning System or other external signals.

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