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World’s first Tango and Daydream-ready smartphone finally has a carrier

by Brandon Russell | May 18, 2017May 18, 2017 3:30 pm PDT

The world’s first smartphone to support both Google Tango and Daydream is making its way to Verizon over the summer. This is the same device Asus unveiled during a CES event earlier this year.

While its support for Tango and Daydream are the ZenFone AR’s headlining features, the device also sports a number of competitive specs.

The phone features a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB of RAM, 23-megapixel camera, Android 7.0, and a 3,300mAh battery. Clearly, it has other attributes beyond its AR and VR experiences.

Asus says the ZenFone AR will feature three Tango abilities: motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning. With the features enabled, the handset will be able to detect how far away it is from a floor, wall, or object, making it easy to map a three-dimensional space.

In order to take advantage of Google’s Daydream platform, ZenFone AR owners will need to pick up a Daydream View headset, which retails for $79 through the Google Store.

Asus didn’t provide an exact date for when the device will be available at Verizon, and no pricing has been revealed. With the Galaxy S8, LG G6, and OnePlus 5 (landing this summer) to contend with, the world’s first phone with Tango and Daydream might not be enough to compete.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...