Augmented Reality Battle: Google upgrades Daydream

Francis Harris
May 20, 2017

The standard ZenFone AR model will come with Android 7.0 Nougat OS with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

Google's Tango is one of the most ambitious such projects, bringing augmented reality capabilities to Android devices. Google is also hoping to use the ZenFone in their classroom initiative - Expeditions AR, which should be beneficial to those learning in school and especially for the architectural backgrounds. The phone won't be for everyone, at least partially because it's probably not going to be cheap, but the appeal of Daydream VR and Tango AR along with the ZenFone AR's high-end spec list could draw some customers to the device. It doesn't need Global Positioning System to do that but it can effectively make AR experiences and apps that take advantage of 3D mapping, environmental recognition, and indoor navigation.

This phone is a big deal because it's the only phone to date to support both Google's AR and VR platforms.

The smartphone comes with a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 rear camera, with usual Tango sensors for motion tracking and depth sensing. You can also try more than a hundred Tango apps. The computing power is made possible thanks to the Snapdragon 821 processor with 8GB of RAM so that the applications can keep up with the demanding power of the phone. And what makes AR and VR different from seeding static devices like Chromebooks and tablets at desks and special labs, is that AR and VR can help create ever-changing experiences that push kids into new spaces. The ZenFone AR's expansive 5.7-inch screen immerses the viewer in whatever VR world is being presented, while the WQHD (1440 x 2560) resolution presents images with extreme clarity and deep black hues enabled by the high-contrast super AMOLED technology which enhances the 3D effect of the screen. External audio also gets a boost with the ZenFone AR's new ultra-loud 5-magnet speaker.

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