ASUS ZenFone AR will arrive at Verizon this summer

Gwen Vasquez
May 19, 2017

Launching on Verizon is big for the ZenFone AR as well as Google's Daydream and Tango platforms. As the first phone that can handle both Daydream and Tango, there's a lot of testing to be done to see how well all of this comes together. That energized developers and consumers who are seeking an all-in-one device for augmented reality and virtual reality. Thus, for now, we don't know how much the phone will cost, and neither if it's going to be a Verizon-exclusive device in the US. The information regarding availability was shared during a presentation at Google I/O 2017 in Mountain View. It's now unclear why US consumer won't be able to purchase the ZenFone AR model with 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal memory, though even the somewhat more modest version of the handset should be more than capable of handling everyday phone tasks, as well as run demanding virtual and augmented reality apps.

As a refresher, the ZenFone AR runs Android 7.0 on a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display. Consumers didn't warm up to Lenovo's Phab2 Pro a year ago; therefore, it could've been possible for the ZenFone AR to be a Tango-ready device that consumers actually care about. No other carrier will offer the phone, and the wording from ASUS makes an unlocked model unlikely.

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ASUS will launch its ZenFone AR (which it announced way back in January of this year) this summer, and Verizon Wireless will be the exclusive USA carrier for the handset.

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