Asus had a lot to talk about during its “Zenvolution” conference in Taipei earlier today, opening the 2016 edition of the typically low-key Computex expo with a bang by taking the wraps off three exquisite-looking, relatively affordable phones, three 2-in-1 Surface Pro 4 competitors, a MacBook slayer, and even an unusual little home robot.
But there was no mention of a Verizon-bound Zenpad Z8 or any other Android tablet, and Asus also left out the VR announcements it began teasing all the way back in February. You have to figure therefore neither the PC, nor the phone-based immersive headsets are ready for primetime yet, though the former was seen casually hanging out on the Computex show floor.
Essentially nothing is known at the moment about the rookie Asus VR effort, aside that it looks largely similar to the Samsung Gear VR, only with swankier head straps, presumably made out of genuine leather.
The Android Wear-powered ZenWatch sported the leather look too, so we can’t say we’re very surprised of what we’re seeing, but if this is indeed just another low-cost Gear VR rival, Asus should really try to launch it before long.
Maybe there’s something more than meets the eye, though, and perhaps the Asus VR (ZenVR?) has standalone tricks up its sleeve, a mixed reality angle of sorts, or at least Google Daydream compatibility when paired to the new Zenfones. Stay tuned as we try to find out more.