Google I/O 2017: Tango-supporting Asus Zenfone AR’s launch details revealed

At its I/O 2017 developers’ conference, Google talked about its efforts in the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality spaces. During the keynote, the company talked about Project Tango and its importance. In addition, it revealed the timeframe for the launch of the next Project Tango-enabled smartphone – Asus Zenfone AR .
Clay Bavor, VP of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality at Google, said in a company blogpost, “First unveiled at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, the Asus Zenfone AR will be arriving this summer”.
He further added, “For AR, it can be used to enable smartphone AR experiences by placing digital objects in real spaces. The next phone with Tango technology will be the ASUS ZenFone AR”.
Asus Zenfone AR is the second smartphone to support Google’s Project Tango. The first is Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which was launched last year.
Project Tango is Google’s Augmented Reality platform that combines 3D motion-tracking along with depth sensors to show AR content. After computing these factors, the AR software overlays texts and graphics on the objects in real life.
Running Android 7.0 Nougat, Zenfone AR sports a 5.7-inch AMOLED WQHD display. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset (optimized for Tango) and comes with a vapour cooling system, along with 6GB/8GB of RAM.
Unlike the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro’s four camera setup, the Zenfone AR has three 23MP Sony IMX cameras.
At I/O 2017, it was mentioned that Google will be collaborating with HTC and Lenovo to make standalone VR headsets. The first products will arrive later this year.
ASUS ZENFONE AR ZS571KL SPECIFICATIONS
SUMMARY
performance Quad core
display 5.7″ (14.48 cm)
storage 128 GB
camera 23 MP
battery 3300 mAh
ram 8 GB
SPECIAL FEATURES
fingerprint sensor position Back
other sensors Light sensor, Proximity sensor, rgbw sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope
fingerprint sensor Yes
GENERAL
quick charging Yes
operating system Android v7.0 (Nougat)
sim slots Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
model Zenfone AR ZS571KL
launch date July 1, 2017 (Expected)
brand Asus
network 4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available
fingerprint sensor Yes
MULTIMEDIA
loudspeaker Yes
audio jack 3.5 mm
PERFORMANCE
chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro
graphics Adreno 530
processor Quad core, 2.35 GHz
architecture 64 bit
ram 8 GB
DESIGN
thickness 8.95 mm
width 77.7 mm
weight 170 grams
height 158.6 mm
colours Black
DISPLAY
display type Super AMOLED
screen to body ratio 72.51 %
pixel density 515 ppi
screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass v4, Scratch-resistant glass
screen size 5.7 inches (14.48 cm)
screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
touch screen Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
STORAGE
internal memory 128 GB
expandable memory Yes Up to 2 TB
CAMERA
settings Exposure compensation, ISO control
aperture 2.0 F
camera features Fixed Focus
image resolution 5488 x 4112 Pixels
sensor CMOS image sensor, Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor
autofocus Yes
shooting modes Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
resolution 8 MP Front Camera
optical image stabilisation Yes
flash Yes Dual LED Flash
video recording 1920×1080 @ 30 fps
BATTERY
user replaceable No
quick charging Yes Fast, v3.0, 60 % in 39 minutes
type Li-Polymer
capacity 3300 mAh
NETWORK CONNECTIVITY
wifi Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n
wifi features Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
bluetooth Yes v4.2
volte Yes
usb typec Yes (Doesn’t support micro-USB)
nfc Yes
network support 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
gps Yes with A-GPS, Glonass
sim 1 4G Bands:TD-LTE 2300(band 40) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 850(band 5)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 4G Speed: 75 Mbit/s ? 600 Mbit/s ? (LTE)3G Speed: HSDPA 42.2 Mbit/s ?, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s ?GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
sim 2 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 4G Speed: 75 Mbit/s ? 600 Mbit/s ? 3G Speed: HSDPA 42.2 Mbit/s ? GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
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