Speaking at a recent launch event for the HTC U series of smartphones, Chief Financial Officer Chia-lin Chang said that the company has "a good plan in terms of combining mobility with VR", which we'll see "in the coming months".
HTC is working on yet another virtual reality (VR) headset: The company that has brought us the HTC Vive is looking to launch a mobile headset that will be compatible with the company's newly-announced U Ultra phone, according to a Cnet report.
Chang didn't give any details about HTC's new mobile VR product, but he did promise that "it's not a phone slapped onto a headset".
But the device won't be as simple as the Samsung Gear VR, which relies entirely upon the smartphone for computing purposes. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. With a high-end VR headset already available, HTC seems primed to try to steal market share at the lower end of the market. Stephanie Llamas, analyst at SuperData Research, said in a statement that the Vive has pulled into the lead in the market so far.
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The company is still pinning its hopes on the success of its Vive virtual reality headset. "We're a VR company, we're going to have something". Maybe he's suggesting they'll have real controllers that take interaction beyond what even Daydream can do?
HTC has a busy few months ahead, with the U Ultra and U Play both set to hit the United Kingdom market by the end of March, and if it can take a chunk of Samsung's lead in the VR space, its phones could well get a bump too.
HTC has seen some success with its HTC Vive headset, which reportedly outsold the competing Oculus Rift during the holiday season.