Qualcomm may have accidentally revealed the ZenFone AR device, Asus’ latest smartphone offering and the second handset to come with support for Tango, Google’s augmented reality technology. Through a blog post, the chip maker giant inadvertently spilled the beans on an upcoming press conference to be held by Asus on January 4th of this year during the annual Consumer Electronics Show happening in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada this week.
As indicated in Qualcomm’s blog post, Asus’ ZenFone AR will be making full use of the Snapdragon 821 chip, which also features on Asus’ own ZenFone 3 and Google’s Pixel devices. Apart from that, the ZenFone AR will have the honor of being the first smartphone to come with both Tango and Daydream support, Google’s virtual reality platform.
Fans of augmented reality may have already heard of Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro, which is considered as the first ever readily available smartphone to be Tango ready. This gargantuan phablet officially launched in the United States mobile market almost a couple of months ago. The device came with a price of $500.
After the Phab 2 Pro device, Asus’ ZenFone AR is now poised to make its mark and it is looking to do it on Google’s augmented reality and virtual reality platforms. With regards to Daydream compatibility, the ZenFone AR will come with support for the DayDream VR versions of Google Street View, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and games like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Need for Speed, and Gunjack 2.
For several months now, much speculation has been brewing with regards to Asus’ newest addition to its ZenFone lineup of smartphones. Just recently, noted leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) even posted an image of the device on Twitter.
In its blog post, Qualcomm also took the opportunity to highlight how it designed some of its Snapdragon processors to offer support for Google’s Tango augmented reality tech. For instance, the Snapdragon 652 (currently being used by Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro), the Snapdragon 653, the Snapdragon 820, and the Snapdragon 821 (on Asus’ ZenFone AR) all are Tango compatible. It should also be noted that to date, only Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips power Tango ready smartphones currently out in the market. Apart from Tango support, the Snapdragon 821 should also facilitate better rendering of graphics on mobile display screens. For the full text of Qualcomm’s blog post, you can go visit this page (courtesy of 9to5google).
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