ASUS is hosting a ZenFone event at CES later this week, but one of the company’s new devices leaked out today.
The ASUS ZenFone AR will be the second Google Tango smartphone. Images of the ZenFone AR have been revealed by Evan Blass, showing a black slab of an ASUS phone with an array of sensors.
ASUS ZenFone AR (2nd Google Tango phone) pic.twitter.com/ctKQ9IKfeC
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 2, 2017
Meanwhile, Qualcomm today published an official announcement for the ZenFone AR. The problem is that the announcement is dated January 4, meaning that it went live a couple of days early.
Qualcomm’s announcement confirms that the ASUS ZenFone AR will support Google Tango and that it’ll include a Snapdragon 821 processor, which is an upgrade over the Snapdragon 625 chipset in the first Google Tango phone, Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro. Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 821 in the ZenFone AR will offer improvements to graphics, performance, and power efficiency.
In addition to supporting Tango, the ZenFone AR will support Google’s Daydream VR platform. “The ZenFone AR with Snapdragon 821 is built for VR with high-resolution display, ultra-smooth graphics, and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking,” reads Qualcomm’s announcement.
While most of the details of the ZenFone AR are still up in the air, the news that it’ll have a Snapdragon 821 as well as support for Tango and Daydream VR make this ASUS phone sound pretty interesting. We should hear more details about this device on January 4, so stay tuned.