ASUS has just finished its Q3 investors conference for 2016, and like most tech companies which are not based in China, they reported meager earnings for last quarter. But the Taiwan-based company is expecting a boost when the ZenFone 3 series moves out into international markets this quarter, and CEO Jerry Shen spilled the beans on a new Tango-infused smartphone called the ZenFone AR.
After the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, it looks like the ASUS ZenFone AR will be the world’s second smartphone which will have enhanced camera modules to support Google’s Tango 3D imaging technology. It’s not quite virtual reality, but more of augmented reality and how Google Tango can provide rich info and app functionality using powerful 3D imaging cameras on the device.
Shen intimated that this Tango-powered phone will continue to tow the ASUS line of putting out affordable smartphones with robust and competitive specs. As a reference, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro retailed at USD$499. You can expect ASUS’s own Tango phone to compete or even be priced lower than that.
Finally, Shen also announced that ASUS plans to unveil the ZenFone AR at CES 2017 in Las Vegas early next year. That means that the ZenFone AR is probably in the latter stages of development or early in production at this time, so we hope there will be more info and leaks in the coming weeks.