Asus has announced that the Zenfone AR is to be made available on Verizon’s website for pre-order starting August 2. The announcement wasn’t accompanied by the typical hype for a flagship launch.
Asus had originally unveiled two phones back in May – the Zenfone 3 Zoom and the Zenfone AR. Of the two phones, Zenfone 3 Zoom was unveiled in May but Zenfone AR did not hit the shelves, and the company remained silent at the time.
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Asus Zenfone AR is the second smartphone to be Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready, after the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. The Zenfone AR is said to be the world’s first smartphone to come with Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual reality (VR) in one device.
The device will feature a 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. It will be powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor, and sport three camera sensors and a 5000 mAh battery.
Earlier, it was rumored that the unlocked version would come in two variants – one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage, and another one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. But we now know that there’s no variant – just the one device.
The smartphone will be priced at $648 for outright purchase, and another option is to get the device at $27 on a monthly payable contract. Buyers need to qualify, of course. According to a Verge report, ZenFone AR unlocked will be $599 in the U.S. Sources are still to confirm.
ZenFone AR was originally announced as a Verizon exclusive, but the carrier has confirmed that it will be available at retail outlets as well.