Meizu appears to have big plans for its eventual VR debut
It’s no longer just industry pioneers like Oculus, Samsung, Google and HTC that are going the extra mile in their efforts to swallow a savory slice of the fast-growing VR hardware pie. Almost all self-respecting smartphone and PC manufacturers have more or less concrete plans of tackling at least one of two early virtual reality segments in the not-so-distant future.
We’re talking Apple, LG, Huawei, Asus, Xiaomi, LeEco, and according to fresh speculation, even Meizu, the Android handheld OEM that managed to triple its shipments numbers between 2014 and 2015, ending last year with a still-not-very-remarkable 20 million tally.
Despite keeping busy in its main area of interest lately, with both exciting low and high-end releases, Meizu is reportedly dreaming bigger and more diverse. Call it a hunch, but based on a job posting of sorts, we feel fairly confident we’re not looking at yet another inexpensive Google Cardboard clone or Gear 360 counterpart.
Instead, the Meizu VR is envisioned as a striking, futuristic real-life equivalent to the fictional Star Trek holodeck glasses. Unfortunately, that’s all it is at the moment: a visionary concept with little chance of mass materialization within reach. And while great products often derive from ambitious ideas, perhaps the company should set a lower expectation bar first.
In other words, Meizu’s “Future Lab” might want to take it one step at a time, and devise a solid entry-level smartphone-enabled headset before thinking of a powerful standalone or PC-compatible gadget.