ASUS ZenFone AR to Bring Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in One Device to Verizon this Summer

  ASUS ZenFone AR to Bring Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in One Device
  to Verizon this Summer

 The World’s First Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) Smartphone
  that is Both Google Tango-Enabled and Daydream-Ready Will Be Available on

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- May 18, 2017

Today at Google I/O, ASUS announced that Verizon will be the exclusive
wireless provider of the ZenFone AR in the United States. The next-generation
smartphone represents a significant advancement in mobile virtual and
augmented reality technologies. The ZenFone AR is the world's first smartphone
that supports both Tango AR and Daydream VR technologies developed by Google,
giving users totally new ways to engage with and be entertained by their
smartphones. During Google I/O, Johnny Lee, head of the Google Tango team,
demonstrated Tango and Daydream on the ZenFone AR. The ZenFone AR will come
with the Android 7.0 Nougat OS with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, and
will be available this summer at Verizon.

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Tango is an augmented reality (AR) platform that uses qualified devices to
detect their users' positions relative to places and objects around them
without using GPS or other external signals. This allows application
developers to create AR experiences that include indoor navigation, 3D
mapping, and environmental recognition, among other augmented reality
applications. Daydream is a high-quality virtual reality (VR) platform that is
built into the Android operating system to support VR apps. The ASUS ZenFone
AR was developed in close cooperation with Google to deliver the best user
experience on both Tango and Daydream platforms.

Ideal for AR and VR

Tango adds three abilities to the ZenFone AR: motion tracking, depth
perception and area learning. Through these capabilities, the ZenFone AR can
detect how far it is away from a floor, wall or an object and understand where
it is moving in three-dimensional space.

AR is a rapidly growing segment for mobile technology and one consumers are
extremely excited about. To date, there are over 100 Tango compatible apps on
Google Play^1. ASUS and Google are also partnering with well-known brands to
bring the Tango AR experience to customers.

For VR, the large, high-resolution and high-contrast display of the ZenFone AR
makes it ideal for VR applications when used as a VR display mounted in the
Daydream View headset. The ZenFone AR’s expansive 5.7-inch screen immerses the
viewer in whatever VR world is being presented, while the WQHD (1440 x 2560)
resolution presents images with extreme clarity and deep black hues enabled by
the high-contrast super AMOLED technology which enhances the 3D effect of the

Powerful Supporting Hardware

To make the ZenFone AR an ideal VR and AR smartphone, it has been designed
with the latest top-of-the-line components that also make it one of the most
powerful smartphones in the market:

  * Qualcomm Snapdragon 821^2 Processor: The Snapdragon 821 processor used by
    the ZenFone AR has been specially optimized for AR operations. ASUS worked
    closely with Qualcomm Technologies engineers and Google to efficiently
    distribute computer vision workloads.
  * Qualcomm^® Adreno™ 530 GPU: With 6GB of RAM and the desktop-class
    Qualcomm^® Adreno™ 530 graphics processing unit (GPU) that delivers
    supercharged graphics performance, the ZenFone AR handles the visual
    graphic demands of Tango and Daydream with ease.

  * Superior Hi-Res Audio and DTS Virtual Surround Sound: Complementing the
    rich AR & VR experiences offered by the ZenFone AR is a new audio system
    that supports Hi-Res Audio and DTS virtual surround sound. External audio
    also gets a boost with the ZenFone AR’s new ultra-loud 5-magnet speaker.
  * Photographic Maestro: The  ZenFone AR is also an accomplished camera
    smartphone. It has the same ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 camera system found in
    the ZenFone AR that comprises of the world's highest resolution Sony
    IMX318 sensor and TriTech Autofocus system.


The ZenFone AR will be available with 6GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, with
Verizon as the exclusive wireless provider, in the United States in summer
2017. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

^1 Tango apps on Google play:

^2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 for Tango information:


About ASUS

ASUS is one of Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and is
dedicated to creating products for today and tomorrow’s smart life. Our
comprehensive portfolio includes Zenbo, ZenFone, ZenBook and a range of IT
devices and components, along with AR, VR and IoT. ASUS employs more than
17,000 people worldwide and over 5,500 world-class R&D talents. Driven by
innovation and committed to quality, the company won 4,385 awards and earned
approximately US$13.3 billion of revenue in 2016.

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