ASUS ZenFone AR was the major highlight at the CES 2017 thanks to its extraordinary abilities to support both AR and VR platforms dubbed Google Tango and Daydream, respectively.
In fact, the ZenFone AR is the first phone on the planet to come with such capabilities, with the closest competitor being the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, which only supports Tango, and the Google Pixel family, which only supports Daydream.
At the time of launch, the company confirmed that the ZenFone AR will start selling later in Q2 2017. Well, we are in the final month of the first quarter of the year and just like it had been promised, we are seeing the first signs of a possible release of the phone in the U.S. very soon.
Apparently, the FCC has just cleared the ASUS ZenFone AR phone for use in the country. When a phone appears at this organization, it usually means that the actual release of the same phone in the U.S. is very close. We only have two weeks before we step into Q2 2017, the date that ASUS promised to start selling the phone and as such, it makes perfect sense for the flagship to appear at the FCC at this point in time.
The FCC has listed ASUS ZenFone AR with model number A002, which is actually the only major detail that we can gather from the listing. The listing also confirms that the phone is already running on February’s Android security patch level based on Android 7.0 Nougat.
Other than being the first phone to support both AR and VR platforms, the upcoming ASUS ZenFone AR is also the first phone to come with a massive 8GB RAM on board, surpassing the 6GB module that you can find in a number of phones already. You also get a decent 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC and a 3300mAh battery unit.
In order to deliver the best as far as AR and VR are concerned, the ZenFone AR has a TriCam camera setup on the back, where the 23MP sensor is the main camera while the other two are used for motion tracking and depth sensing.
The date of the phone’s release is not known, but we’ll for sure notify you when it happens.