Get ready for virtual and augmented reality on your smartphone

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Taiwanese company Asus has announced a new next-generation smartphone that represents significant advances in the mobile virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) market.

The Asus ZenFone AR is not just a high-performance Android smartphone with a 5.7in WQHD display (2,560 by 1,440 pixels) – it is also the world’s first smartphone to use Google’s VR platform Daydream and AR platform Tango.

With Daydream enabled, users will be able to make 360° virtual reality videos.

The phone’s TriCam system combines a camera, motion tracking and infrared. This allows rooms to be measured and digital contents to be represented in pictures.

For instance, the ZenFone AR allows digital pictures of furniture to be virtually placed in your living room.

The phone also runs Google’s Tango platform for augmented reality, which enables many other applications.

The ZenFon AR, with up to 256GB of memory and 6 or 8GB of RAM, is available for around €900  (RM4,430).