Until now, we had the chance to see a couple of smartphones trying to bring virtual reality to the masses, like the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro or the Asus ZenFone AR, but they’re not actually truly VR, so we still need to wait a bit for this to happen. Or not, considering the latest leaks with the HTC Vive!
The Taiwanese manufacturer’s Vive VR headset has some time and the market and managed to impress the tech community, but it seems that HTC won’t stop here and use the same branding for a new VR device.
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— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 8, 2017
According to Twitter-based leakster Evan Blass, who shared a video on his account, the HTC Vive smartphone could be a device matching different personalities of people, in terms of design. Through a design studio called CMF Kitchen (CMF standing for Color Material Finish), people can personalize their smartphones in various ways. Also, we have all the reasons to believe that the video is accurate, since it was also shared in the past by a previous HTC designer, Shaun Saperstein.
Moving on, the video shows three variants of the HTC Vive, with a rear panel featuring different colors and design patterns. Also, we can observe the metallic chassis it’s going to be built on, as well as the camera setup and the LED flash.
On the other side, there aren’t many details about the way this phone is planning to deal with virtual reality, but it could come with support for Google’s DayDream platform or even opt for a completely different approach. However, we’re looking forward to seeing a couple of extra sensors and motion tracking technology.
The HTC Vive could be launched on January 12, during the ‘For U’ even, where a couple of new handsets, like the HTC U Ultra and U Play, will make their debut.