Google has introduced its augmented reality app to a bucketload of recent Android phones. Check here to see if your phone is one of those on the list.
ARCore enables a variety of augmented reality features, including 3D models in your camera and AR navigation in Google Maps, so it’s a useful tool to have. The latest phones to receive the ARCore update include the following:
- Sony Xperia 1
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Asus Zenfone 6
- Samsung Galaxy A40
- Samsung Galaxy A60
- Samsung Galaxy A70
- Samsung Galaxy A80
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The new range of phones that can access ARCore includes some of our recent favourites, so you’ll be in for a treat when you use them.
We praised the Sony Xperia 1 for its high-resolution screen, unusual 21:9 aspect ratio design, and a much-improved camera (although it still isn’t quite up to the very highest standards in the industry). However, bear in mind that it’s a very expensive handset and the battery life isn’t particularly long.
The Asus Zenfone 6 also benefits from an innovative design, this time with a reversible rear camera that can flip over to become a selfie camera; and not only were we impressed by this, but the performance and display quality were also of a very high standard. But the design also has a couple of pitfalls — no water resistance, a thick and heavy feel — which detract from its allure.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is a particularly strong performer for a good price, achieving the top rating of 5/5 in our review. As you would expect, the screen, camera, and performance are all of excellent quality. This is a smartphone we’d thoroughly recommend to buy.