Based on what has been revealed at Google’s I/O developer conference that happened just a few weeks ago, Asus’ upcoming phablet, the ZenFone AR, is nearing its official release date, and the device will be hitting the United States mobile market some time this summer as an exclusive offering from Verizon Wireless. According to Engadget, the handset will be making its worldwide debut in Taiwan by mid-June, and it should launch in US store shelves either in late June or in early July.
Qualcomm may have inadvertently announced Asus’ ZenFone AR phablet in advance, but it does not mean the device is not worth checking out now that it has officially seen the light of day. As leaked earlier, the ZenFone AR holds the distinction of being the first commercially available smartphone to have support for both Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform and Tango augmented reality technology.
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.
Part of what makes Motorola’s Moto Z line of smartphones so cool are the Mods, and recently, the phone maker has decided to unveil a couple of new additions to the magnetic modules. Meet the new 3,000 mAh Mophie JuicePack, which comes with a USB Type C port for independent charging, priced at $80, and a car dock (made in collaboration with Incipio) that allows users to charge their Moto Z handsets and at the same time open mobile apps (sort of like Google’s Android Auto).
As promised nearly a month ago, Lenovo has officially launched its newest phablet offering, the Phab 2 Pro. For those not familiar with this device, it has the distinction of being the first smartphone out in the market to come with support for Google’s Tango augmented reality tech. The handset comes with a price of $500.
This year is turning out to be a pretty good year for smartphone releases (Galaxy Note 7 troubles notwithstanding). And Google is looking to be one of the winners -- the tech giant after all has just officially introduced its newest smartphone devices (the Pixel and the Pixel XL), and many industry watchers are saying these handsets are good enough to hold their own against Apple’s iPhone devices and Samsung’s high end Galaxy offerings.
Apart from officially introducing its two newest Motorola modular flagship devices -- the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force, Lenovo also took the opportunity to introduce a family of smartphones under its own branding. As can be gleaned from the name, the new Phab2 devices are a follow up to the Phab and Phab Plus phablets that the Chinese unveiled in September of last year. But it appears that this year, Lenovo’s latest phablets have a few cool things to offer.
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