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On Monday at Google I/O, ASUS announced that Verizon will be the exclusive wireless provider of the ZenFone AR in the United States.

According to a provided statement, the next-generation smartphone represents a “significant advancement in mobile virtual and augmented reality technologies.”

The ZenFone AR is billed as being the world’s first smartphone that supports both Tango AR and Daydream VR technologies developed by Google, “giving users totally new ways to engage with and be entertained by their smartphones.”

During Google I/O, Johnny Lee, head of the Google Tango team, demonstrated Tango and Daydream on the ZenFone AR.

We’re told that the ZenFone AR will come with the Android 7.0 Nougat OS with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, and will be available this summer at Verizon.

For VR, the large, high-resolution and high-contrast display of the ZenFone AR makes it ideal for VR applications when used as a VR display mounted in the Daydream View headset.

As for the cost, this morning’s announcement only notes that pricing “will be announced at a later date.”


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