Cases spotted for Asus Zenfone AR could mean its U.S. release will be soon
Verizon is expected to offer the handset this summer in the U.S. Big Red's variant of the ZenFone AR is rumored to feature 6GB of RAM instead of the 8GB loaded into the device at the unveiling in Vegas, and in units spotted overseas. Other specs include a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display carrying a 1440 x 2560 QHD display. Powering the handset is the Snapdragon 821 chipset with a quad-core 2.15GHz CPU and the Adreno 530 GPU. 128GB of native storage is aboard. Keeping the lights on is a 3300mAh battery, and Android Nougat is pre-installed. Besides offering AR capabilities, the Asus ZenFone AR is Daydream ready, which means it comes out of the box with support for Google's VR platform.
Keep in mind that this is the second Android handset to hit the consumer market with Project Tango support. The first was the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which launched last November on Lenovo's website for $499.99. While it featured a larger 6.4-inch 1440 x 2560 resolution display, the ZenFone AR tops it in just about every other spec (except for the battery). The smaller screen might make Asus' AR-centric handset more appealing to the average consumer.