The Chinese phone maker company, ZTE is doing exactly what Huawei did a month ago: launching an likely inexpensive headset to the rival Samsung and drive phone sales among early adopters of tech.
The ZTE VR doesn’t look too different from the Huawei VR headset, but there is a little more to its capabilities thanks to the ZTE Axon 7 and it’s 2K display. This new VR device will complement AXON 7’s stunning 2k WQHD AMOLED display, Hi-Fi / Dolby Atmos surround sound, and dual built-in speakers. In addition, ZTE is among the first companies to support Daydream, Google’s platform for high performance mobile VR with AXON 7.
There are very few details so far on the new headset, despite ZTE’s announcement. An image shows that it will have a few buttons and seemingly a control pad that can be swiped, like on the Gear VR. There’s a nine-axis gyroscope built in to enhance motion tracking, but that’s about it on details. More than likely, most tech will be left to the phone. ZTE did not announce a release date or pricing.
Just like the Samsung Gear VR, there are a few controls on the side, a single action button, a rocker and a touch pad to swipe and navigate around. There is also a focus wheel on the top. ZTE has shared that the unit has a 9-axis gyroscope inside to aid in motion tracking – neat!
The only other thing that mentioned for the ZTE VR is that it will support Android’s Daydream VR, which was introduced at 2016 Google I/O. However, that might prove to be a bit of a cryptic statement, as the particulars around Daydream are still unknown and it does not help either that ZTE has been tossing around claims of Daydream compatibility for the new Axon 7 handset as well.
Either way, in its current state, the ZTE VR should be pretty close to its Samsung counterpart in terms of experience, perhaps, with less content to go around.