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Mark Peters : August 4th 2017 - 21:10 CET

Verizon brings ASUS ZenFone AR to the United States

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VerizonASUS ZenFone AR smartphone now available at Verizon : Verizon powers the world’s first Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) Android-based smartphone. ASUS recently announced the availability of the ZenFone AR - a premium smartphone that represents a significant advancement in mobile virtual and augmented reality technologies on the Verizon 4G high-speed network. The Asus ZenFone AR is the world's first smartphone that supports both Tango AR and Daydream VR technologies developed by Google, giving ZenFone users totally new ways to engage with and be entertained by their mobile handsets. In the United States, Verizon is the exclusive carrier of the ZenFone AR; available with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage for $27 a month for 24 months, or for $648. (device only).
Asus ZenFone AR

ASUS ZenFone AR smartphone
To create the best-in-class AR and VR smartphone, ASUS engineered the Android device with latest, top-of-the-line hardware components. The ASUS ZenFone AR from Verzion is equipped with 6GB of RAM, and includes a powerful Snapdragon 8211 Mobile Platform; specially optimized for Augmented Reality operations and unparalleled multi-tasking.

ASUS worked closely with Qualcomm engineers and Google software experts to efficiently distribute computer vision workloads, as well as rapidly process movement and positioning instructions by Tango that is known as six degrees of freedom, or “6DoF” (forward-backward / up-down / left-right / roll / pitch / yaw).

The desktop-class Qualcomm Adreno 530 graphics processing unit delivers breathtaking visual performance, allowing the ASUS ZenFone AR to handle the graphics demands of Tango and Daydream with ease.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
Complementing the rich Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality experiences offered by 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.

ASUS ZenFone AR was developed in close cooperation with Google to deliver the best user experience on both Tango and Daydream platforms. Tango, 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, allows application developers to create AR user experiences that include indoor navigation, 3D mapping, and environmental recognition, among other augmented reality applications.

To date, there are already over 35 apps on Google Play that are Tango compatible. ASUS and Google are also partnering with well-known brands to bring the Tango AR experience to customers.

Wayfair mobile shopping app
Today, Wayfair’s AR application, WayfairView has been updated and integrated into its popular Wayfair mobile shopping app on the ASUS ZenFone AR. The Wayfair app makes it possible for consumers to see virtual furniture and décor in their homes at full scale before they buy.

A featured app on the ASUS ZenFone AR, shoppers can easily find and download the Wayfair app from the features apps list within the Tango App, or from the Google Play Store. For a limited time, all customers who purchase a ZenFone AR will receive a $25 Wayfair gift card.

ASUS Tango smartphone

ASUS Tango smartphone
To qualify as a Tango-enabled smartphone, ZenFone AR features a set of sensors and 'computer vision' software that gives it the ability to interpret images, videos, space and motion like humans.

Tango adds three new abilities to ZenFone AR: motion tracking, depth perception and area learning. Through these capabilities, 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.

For VR, the large, high resolution and high contrast display of ZenFone AR makes it ideal for Virtual Reality applications when used as a VR display mounted in the Daydream View headset. The Daydream hardware also comes with a controller that is used for VR games and apps.

ZenFone AR’s expansive 5.7-inch screen size immerses the viewer in whatever VR world is being presented, while the WQHD (1440 x 2560) resolution presents images with extreme clarity and the deep black hues enabled by the high contrast super AMOLED technology enhances the 3D effect of the screen.

Virtual Reality

Best camera available in the market
The ZenFone AR is also an accomplished camera smartphone, and contains the ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 camera system that includes the world's highest resolution Sony IMX318 sensor and TriTech Autofocus system which produces the best 4K movies.

Other key camera features include: 4-axis optical image stabilization and 3 axis video stabilization, Super Resolution, Low Light, and a variety of optimized presets modes, as well as manual creative controls to provide photographers advanced control of the ZenFone AR's camera to suit any need.

Verizon ASUS ZenFone AR

Verizon ASUS ZenFone AR price & availability
The 6GB RAM, 128GB storage ZenFone AR is available starting today on the Verizon Network. Order your ASUS ZenFone AR today for $27 a month for 24 months on Verizon device payment ($648 ). For a limited time, get a $25 Wayfair gift card with the purchase of the ZenFone AR.

The ASUS smartphone will also be available at Verizon stores nationwide. Interested parties can visit their nearest Verizon store to take part in a demonstration by trained staff, test out Augmented Reality, and purchase a Verizon ZenFone.

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