It has been confirmed today that Verizon is going to be the first carrier in the United States to sell a Project Tango smartphone. ASUS ZenFone AR, only the second smartphone ever to support Google’s augmented reality platform, is going to be available on Verizon in the United States later this summer.
This was confirmed by the program lead for Project Tango, Johnny Lee, during a VR keynote at the ongoing Google I/O 2017 developers conference. He confirmed that Verizon is going to start selling the ASUS ZenFone AR later this summer.
It’s likely that an unlocked model of the smartphone is going to be offered as well for customers who don’t shy away from paying full price for the device. More details about this will be available in the coming weeks.
The first Project Tango smartphone was the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. The ZenFone AR is a bit different. Not only is it smaller than the first Tango smartphone, it also features a Snapdragon 821 processor and a camera array that’s significantly different when compared to the one on the Phab 2 Pro.
The ASUS ZenFone AR also happens to be compatible with Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform. No word as yet on how much it’s going to cost when Verizon releases it later this summer.