Alcatel Vision might be the powerful all-in-one VR headset we’ve all been waiting for
While Samsung is still reportedly working on an untethered Gear VR equivalent gloriously codenamed Odyssey, and Google probably put the kibosh on an in-house virtual reality headset to make the most of the Daydream software platform, a tier 2 Android device manufacturer surprisingly rises to unveil one of the world’s first “all-in-one” VR hardware products.
That’s to say the Alcatel Vision (pretty cool name, by the way) doesn’t need a connected smartphone or the guts of a PC to transport you into a parallel universe, featuring its very own dual 3.8-inch AMOLED displays, octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, Bluetooth, LTE, Wi-Fi, and even 3,000mAh battery.
Basically, instead of an upper mid-range handheld you can slot into a cardboard or plastic shell and awkwardly wear on your head, various cables dangling and whatnot, you get a seemingly thoughtfully-designed standalone VR gadget incorporating said decent but short of stellar phone specs by default. With 120-degree field of view, up from Oculus Rift or HTC Vive’s 110, and exclusive pre-loaded content developed by Jaunt VR, Magic Interactive Entertainment and Fraunhofer.
No official words on pricing yet, though we’re hearing disheartening $600 whispers, with a commercial debut in China slated for this year’s final quarter, followed by an early 2017 US expansion.
Alcatel also has an arguably lower-profile 360-degree camera to showcase at IFA Berlin in rectangular and “ball-shaped” variations, which should be priced around the $100 mark, and attach to the micro USB port of the Idol 4, 4S or Pop 4S to take 360-degree photos and shoot VR videos with dual 210° fisheye lenses.