Earlier this month, Lenovo launched its Phab 2 Pro which is world's first Tango ready smartphone.
After Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, ASUS is reportedly working on the next Google Tango-ready smartphone. The report comes straight from Jerry Shen, CEO ASUS who reveals that the new Zenfone AR will be first unveiled at CES 2017. He further confirmed that the Zenfone AR will come with improved functionality and high performance at competitive price.
Jerry also revealed that the Zenfone 4 series will be out in sometime in mid 2017 with an improved camera after the company faced loss due to unsatisfactory sales for Zenfone 3 series. The prime reason behind this can be ASUS's premium pricing strategy fo Zenfone 3 range with price going as high as Rs 50,000 for Zenfone 3 Ultra.
For those who are unaware, Tango (formerly named Project Tango in-testing) is a technology platform developed and authored by Google that uses computer vision to enable mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to detect their position relative to the world around them without using GPS or other external signals.
Earlier this month, Lenovo launched the Phab 2 Pro which is the first Tango-ready smartphone. The smartphone has four cameras that include three rear cameras - a 16-megapixel primary camera, a depth camera and a motion tracking camera - while an 8-megapixel camera is in its front. The motion tracking and the depth-sensing cameras allow the phone to recognize area and the user in real time to convert the whole world around a user into augmented reality. The phone can sense physical spaces and structures in 3D making augmented reality (AR) experiences possible.
Detailing out other specifications, The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro comes with a 6.4-inch quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixel) 2.5D curved glass display. On the inside, it is powered by a 1.8 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 510 GPU for graphics. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system based Lenovo Phab 2 Pro has a 4,050 mAh battery with fast charging technology. It comes with 64GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.
For improved audio performance, it sports Dolby AudioCapture 5.1 with Dolby Atmos playback. Lenovo has also announced a special app store and that the device will come with 25 pre-loaded apps at the beginning and promises 100 apps to be by the end of this year. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro comes in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey colour variants. Connectivity option includes hybrid dual SIM, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS. The handset measures 179.8 x 88.57 x 6.98-10.7mm and weighs 259 grams. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro features a full metal body and offers a fingerprint sensor, which is located on its back panel.
After recent complaints about no VoLTE support, this move will surely make ZenFone Max users happy as they will now be able to avail free voice and data service offered by Jio until March 31, 2017.
The smartphone is scheduled to be launch in the month of February.
The smartphone also houses a fingerprint scanner, which is integrated on its home button.
The company has refreshed the complete lineup for its Republic of Gamers series which includes laptops, PC, gaming peripherals and more.
Yesterday, the company also launched a new Chromebook Flip C302 2-in-1 convertible which starts at $499.
Asus Zenfone AR is the first smartphone which supports Tango and Daydream VR technologies.
The Zenfone smartphone is expected to come with Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Qualcomm accidentally revealed that Asus will launch the second Google Tango-powered smartphone on January 4th.
Recently, Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom with dual camera set up was also spotted on TENAA site.
The Zenfone AR and Zenfone 3 Zoom smartphones are expected to be unveiled at the event.