The upcoming Expeditions AR mode harnesses Google's Tango AR platform, which uses Visual Positioning Service (VPS) technology to map indoor locations. Though Qualcomm unveiled its state-of-the-art Snapdragon 835 processor, Asus says that ZenFone AR was developed in close cooperation with Google to deliver the best Tango and Daydream experiences. There will be more about what's next in both AR and VR at Google in tomorrow's I/O session. ASUS also throws in 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
It would be possible for the phone to come with Android O installed out of the box instead of Nougat, but it is highly unlikely that any third-party manufacturer will be able to configure Android O that fast. Verizon is the biggest wireless carrier in the U.S., and so the ZenFone AR will be in front of a lot of faces when it hits Verizon's shelves.
The Expeditions AR mode will debut in schools later in the year as part of Google's Pioneer Program, which you can sign your school up to here.
A set of sensors give the ZenFone AR the capacity to track motion, determine depth perception and area learning.
Clay Bavor, Google's vice president of virtual reality, explained how VPS will work in an example that will resonate with anyone who's ever worked on a home improvement project. The 5.7-inch WQHD display makes it suitable for VR, while the phone also comes with enhancements for the 3D effect on the screen.
Photographic Maestro: TheZenFone AR is also an accomplished camera smartphone. The device comes with an 8-megapixel front camera and is backed by a 3,300mAh battery. After five months since its announcement, the handset is yet to become available for purchase, but during I/O Google said the product will finally hit retail this summer.