Asus are one of the most respected manufacturers of laptops and tablet hybrid computers, they’ve also been stepping in to the area of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) with its upcoming version of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mixed Reality (MR) headset along with the Asus Zenfone AR. The highly anticipated smartphone has just had pre-orders open for the UK.
The Asus Zenfone AR is claimed by Asus to be the first smartphone to combine Google’s Project Tango AR functionality with Google Daydream compatibility. The Tango AR technology lets the Zenfone AR handle motion tracking, area learning and depth perception, meaning the phone can scan the area and accurately place graphics and other interactive features on to the landscape.
The Zenfone AR is powered by a Snapdragon 821 chipset, with 6GB of RAM, a 5.7” Super AMOLED display. The Zenfone AR has three rear cameras that it uses to properly triangulate distance and depth for the AR effects. A 23 mega-pixel camera acts as the standard camera for still and video shots.
Customers in the UK can pre-order the Asus Zenfone AR for £799 (GBP). UK customers can also get a free Google Daydream headset and a £30 Google Play Voucher when pre-ordering the Zenfone AR through the Asus website.
A release date for the Asus Zenfone AR in the UK has yet to be confirmed, nor has it been confirmed which UK mobile carriers are planning to offer the device as part of contract packages, if any.
VRFocus will bring you further news on the Asus Zenfone AR as it becomes available.