Alcatel has announced its first standalone VR headset that differs from Samsung, Oculus and HTC Vive VR headsets. Alcatel Vision is a full-fledged headset like Oculus and Vive but it doesn’t need a smartphone or computer to be tethered to.
Samsung currently sells Gear VR which requires company’s very own smartphone, whereas both Oculus and HTC Vive need computers with solid hardware. Alcatel Vision skips on those tethering needs and runs Android out of the box. Alcatel Vision comes with two 3.8-inch AMOLED screens with 1080 x 1020 pixel resolution. It comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, LTE, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor and a smartphone-like 3,000mAh battery. Alcatel says its battery can last for about three hours of continuous VR use.
Alcatel Vision comes with a wide 12 degree field of view and a latency of 17ms, which claims as industry leading. The Vision is also capable of adjusting for myopia, thus eliminating the need for wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses while experiencing virtual reality. The most interesting part about the new Alcatel Vision is its design, which neatly hides the battery inside the bracket leaning on the back of the user. Alcatel says the design keeps the VR headset lightweight and user friendly.
Alcatel VR comes at a time when Google is working on its own Daydream ready smartphones. With Daydream, Google is building Android right into the Android platform. Alcatel has also confirmed that its Vision standalone VR headset works on Exynos 7420 CPU coupled with Mali-T760GPU. Alcatel Vision is likely to cost between €499 and €599 at the time of launch in early 2017.