If you want something in everyone’s hands, the best and sometimes only way to do it is to make it affordable. Unless you’re Apple, of course. And to realise Facebook CEO and Mark Zuckerberg’s goal of getting one billion people in VR, Oculus has done just that with their brand new standalone headset, the Oculus Go.
During the launch of the ZenFone 4, ASUS has also introduced a 360 camera which can you can hook up onto your existing smartphone. It’s called the ASUS 360 camera and it’s slightly smaller than a ping pong ball.
ASUS has made a lot of moves in the smartphone market but one of their biggest moves has to be combining the virtual reality capabilities of Google’s Daydream with the augmented reality ones of Google’s Project Tango into a single smartphone. Yep, we’re talking about the ASUS ZenFone AR.
This is what you get with the RM3,799 behemoth of a smartphone.
UPDATE: The ZenFone AR has been officially launched in Malaysia! Here are the details.
ASUS Malaysia is launching the ZenFone AR this afternoon and it’s the world’s first smartphone that’s Google Tango AR and Daydream VR enabled. It’s also the world’s first phone to be announced with 8GB RAM earlier this year.
Being a feature packed device, you should realistically expect the ZenFone AR to cost more than the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe that was announced with a starting price of RM2,599. Instead, it costs more than that. Even more than the Samsung Galaxy S8+.
Finally, GoPro has unveiled more details of its upcoming product, the GoPro Fusion. This is their new 360 action camera which will take on the likes of Samsung’s Gear 360 and Ricoh Theta. While other 360 cameras are bumping up in camera specs and form factor, GoPro is putting more emphasis on the output of its videos. The difference lies in the software which will make it more effortless to edit and share your content.
UPDATE: ASUS Malaysia has updated that the ZenFone AR launch is happening on 4 July instead.
Computex is a place where a whole lot of really cool stuff happens. This year at the ASUS booth, the coolest thing — besides the new launches, of course– is the fact that we get to see (and try out) ASUS’s brand new Tango and Daydream enabled smartphone, the ZenFone AR, in action.
The best part? ASUS also revealed when the phone will hit Malaysian shores.
After news broke that Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra was leaving the company to return home, the first question on everyone’s mind was: Where would he go now? After some speculation, we now have an answer — it’s Facebook.
We saw this as a leak earlier but now it’s official. The ASUS ZenFone AR is the first smartphone in the world to be Tango-enabled and Daydream VR ready. This means it’ll be able to handle Virtual and Augmented reality.
Besides the launch of the new Mi Note 2 and the cool concept Mi MIX, Xiaomi also unveiled their brand new VR headset called the Mi VR. It’s an update to their previous model and it comes with a bunch of new stuff.
Google has finally revealed the date for their next big event via a cryptic teaser video that doesn’t really reveal much (except the company’s good music taste) besides the fact that something’s happening on the 4th of October.
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