Verizon Wireless will be adding the Asus ZenFone AR to its phone lineup at some point this summer. Google revealed the news during a presentation at the company’s I/O developer conference today, and Asus has confirmed it with a press release. What makes the ZenFone AR unique is that it’s the first phone to support both Tango — Google’s mobile augmented reality platform — and Daydream VR. ‘
First announced at CES, it’s just the second phone to integrate the nascent Tango technology, and this marks the first time a major US carrier will offer a Tango-enabled device.
Asus says that Verizon will be the “exclusive” wireless provider for the ZenFone AR. The device features a 5.7-inch AMOLED display (is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor, runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and includes 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Tango technology allows the ZenFone AR to “detect how far it is away from a floor, wall, or an object and understand where it is moving in three-dimensional space,” according to Asus.
No pricing or specific release date beyond “summer” is being announced at this time. But the ZenFone AR is certainly going to be the nerdiest device you’ll find at Verizon stores, so it’ll be interesting to see how Verizon markets Tango and Daydream to the everyday smartphone shopper.