Asus on Wednesday introduced the Zenfone AR, the marketâ€™s first Tango and Daydream-ready smartphone. The device takes advantage of the companyâ€™s â€œTriCamâ€ system, which includes motion tracking, depth perception, and a 23-megapixel sensor.
The deviceâ€™sÂ support for Tango and Daydream make it one of the more intriguing deviceâ€™s on the market. One minute you can be using Tango to measure rooms in your home, the next minute you can be stepping into the VR of Googleâ€™s Daydream, where you can watch Netflix and download Daydream-ready games.
In addition to its AR and VR capabilities, the Zenfone AR is also packed to the gills with great specs, including a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED WQHD display. Asus says the Zenfone AR features 79 percent screen-to-body ratio. Slowly, bezels are becoming a thing of the past.
To demonstrate the deviceâ€™s capabilities, a representative from Googleâ€™s Tango team showed off what itâ€™s like to use a new app coming from Gap (coming at the end of January), which will allow users to virtually try on clothes to see how theyâ€™ll look and fit. Thatâ€™s all well and good, but trying clothes on virtually is no substitute for going to the store to try on a pair of jeans. Even if the app says something will fit, the actual fit and finish of a garment could be different.
Still, the experience shows what will be possible in the future for users who own Tango-enabled devices. In addition to trying on clothes, Tango devices are also capable of helping owners measure rooms to see how furniture would fit.
On the inside, the device sports a Snapdragon 821 chip and 8GB of RAM, which is insane.