Virtual reality and augmented reality are set to be one of the biggest things we are going to see this century. If you can’t decide between which of the 2 you want in your smartphone, consider the Asus Zenfone AR, it can do both.
By the end of the 2nd quarter this year in 2017, the Asus ZenFone AR is going to come to us and it will be compatible with Google’s Daydream View VR headset and accompanying apps. It will also come with a revamped tri-camera system which will be capable of achieving depth-sensing 3D scanning and AR abilities through Google Tango.
Right now in the market, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is the only Tango phone in existence. However, the ginormous 6-plus-inch phablet isn’t exactly a perfect or ideal smartphone by any means or measures.
Bringing us back to the ZenFone AR, which actually seems to offer more promising specifications. Not only does it have a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, it has a pretty cool “vapor-cooling” system. This system is built such that it prevents the phone from overheating whilst it runs VR and AR (which is incredibly intensive).
According to Asus, the processor is built ideally for computer vision but also has “six degrees of freedom” tracking, this points to the motion-tracking and smart camera features which allow for the Tango AR work.
Can the ZenFone AR truly bridge the gap between augmented and virtual reality? Tango and Daydream in one? Google seems to be exploring that option as well, but will Asus be the one to bring it to us?
We think that in the future, it is indeed possible for VR-ready smartphones to come armed with position-tracking advanced cameras that will make blending VR and AR much better. For now, there is no rush to get into the whole VR and AR hype yet because the Tango apps available are still rather meh and unexciting at the moment, although Daydream VR apps seem to be growing exponentially, with YouTube and Netflix being one of the more commonly used ones. As to how useful these Tango + Daydream phones will be, we will really have to wait and see.