Asus ZenFone AR coming to Verizon this summer


Yesterday, we learned that the Asus ZenFone AR would be released sometime this summer - quite many months after the phone's official announcement. Now, we have another important detail about the handset: during today's Google I/O keynote about VR and AR (virtual reality and augmented reality), it's been confirmed that customers will be able to test the ZenFone AR in Verizon Wireless stores across the US.

Verizon stores will have Asus ZenFone AR phones on display "later this summer" - and we assume that this is when the carrier will also start selling the new device. Verizon has yet to formally announce the upcoming launch, thus, for now, we don't know how much the phone will cost, and neither if it's going to be a Verizon-exclusive device in the US.

The Asus ZenFone AR will be the world's second commercial smartphone to support Tango - Google's augmented reality platform. The first such handset was the massive Lenovo Phab Pro 2 (launched in 2016).

Running Android Nougat, the ZenFone AR also supports Google Daydream and is, overall, a pretty attractive high-end smartphone. While we're waiting for details on its price and exact release date, you could take a closer look at the handset by checking out our Asus ZenFone AR hands-on.

Update: A fresh press release from Asus reveals that the ZenFone AR will be a Verizon-exclusive handset, coming with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space. Pricing details are still missing. What's certainly not missing is Verizon's logo from the back of the smartphone:

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ZenFone AR
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat ASUS Zen UI

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