Because of Verizon, the Tango-ready ASUS ZenFone AR is a carrier exclusive in the U.S.

You won’t be able to buy this phone in the United States from anywhere but Verizon.

The ZenFone AR was introduced in January at CES 2017. It marked the arrival of the world’s first phone with both Tango and Daydream support. That energized developers and consumers who are seeking an all-in-one device for augmented reality and virtual reality. ASUS, however, didn’t share anything further about the ZenFone AR today. It turns out this device is going to be sold in the U.S. exclusively by Verizon.

Rather than going unlocked, ASUS gave selling rights for the ZenFone AR to the nation’s biggest carrier. The information regarding availability was shared during a presentation at Google I/O 2017 in Mountain View. Consumers didn’t warm up to Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro last year; therefore, it could’ve been possible for the ZenFone AR to be a Tango-ready device that consumers actually care about. After all, the ZenFone AR isn’t massive nor does it resemble anything other than a phone.

ASUS’ ZenFone AR features a 5.7-inch (2560×1440) AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, a 23MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 3300mAh battery. Now, if you like how those specifications look, you’ll have to either be an existing customer with Big Red or switch soon. No other carrier will offer the phone, and the wording from ASUS makes an unlocked model unlikely.

Verizon will begin selling the ASUS ZenFone AR this summer for a priced to be announced at a later date.

Source: ASUS (Twitter)

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