Every company tries to be the first with the biggest CES announcement, but Asus has been preempted today by hardware partner Qualcomm, which has revealed the upcoming ZenFone AR smartphone with Google Tango support. At the same, prolific leaker @evleaks has provided an image of both the front and back of the new phone.
Spotted by GSM Arena and others, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Blog today disclosed the news about the Asus ZenFone AR, which will follow in the footsteps of the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the first phone with Google Tango. Tango is a souped-up version of augmented reality from Google that holds a lot of promise, but still needs work.
The ZenFone AR will be powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor, same class of chip as in the Google Pixel and OnePlus 3T. It will also be Google Daydream-ready, so it’ll be the first to combine Tango and Daydream in one. Judging from the Qualcomm blog post, it seems like the ZenFone AR will also be compatible with Google’s Daydream View headset as well.
For the full specs and pricing of the Asus ZenFone AR, stay tuned for the Taiwanese company’s CES press conference on Wednesday this week.