Qualcomm accidentally outs Asus’ Snapdragon 821-powered ZenFone AR

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 3 Jan 2017

Asus had already teased the announcement of a new smartphone set to debut at CES this week, now we know what it’s going to be called. Thanks to an accidental early post of a press release by Qualcomm, the new phone is the ZenFone AR it will be the second hset to be built on ’s Tango platform.

As the release comes from Qualcomm not Asus, it is fairly light on details other than the chipset, but it’s a good one. The phone will use the latest Snapdragon 821 processor–the same chip that’s in the xel xel X( other recent high-end phones)–to power the phone. That’s a marked improvement over the first Tango device, novo’s ab 2 o, which runs the less-powerful Snapdragon 652 processor. According to Qualcomm’s since-pulled press release, that should result in a better overall experience:

“l Tango-related processing is done on a single, highly efficient SoC (system-on-a-chip), so users of the ZenFone AR can enjoy high-performance smartphone AR user experiences with long battery life.”

Qualcomm also says the phone will include support for Daydream, making it the first hset to hle ’s augmented virtual reality applications simultaneously. An image released by EVleaks shows the device to have a fairly stard enclosure, though it’s unclear if it will be as massive as the ab 2 o’s 6.4-inch behemoth.

y it matters: The jury is still out on Tango, but AR VR are certainly here to stay. th the Snapdragon 821 powering Asus’ new hset, we may finally get to see how the two technologies can enhance the world around us, as our smartphones exp beyond the small screens in our hs.