HTC Corporation, a Taiwanese consumer electronics company today introduced its standalone mobile VR headset for China market. The device will be available for pre-ordering for China-based customers at 12:00 a.m. on December 12th.
The pre-ordering will start from 999 Yuan or about $600 in China and the shipment will begin in January next year. The original PC-tethered Vive priced 599 before tax in the US so it seems like the base price of the new device isn’t far off from the original one.
The Vive Focus coupled with a 2,880 x 1,600 single-piece AMOLED display gives interesting experience with inside-out 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) world-scale tracking. It sports 75 Hz refresh rate which is a little slower than the Vive’s 90 Hz. It delivers a 110-degree field of view, and adjustable IPD control and built-in audio. It serves unsurpassed clarity and low latency.
It’s not clear what will be the weight of the device but according to report, it felt lighter than its tethered predecessor.
Talking about the connectivity, the Vive Focus includes WiFin and Bluetooth but there’s no cellular radio. You can stream the device to your TV as the Wi-Fi part supports Miracast. The Bluetooth has bundled with 3DoF controller which runs on two AAA batteries for up to 30 hours of usage.
However, whether the company will roll out this Vive Focus outside of China is still unclear. The company’s efforts to deliver VR in China could be beneficial to Lenovo’s upcoming Daydream Standalone device.