Although no longer among the top smartphone brands, HTC continues to be successful in the VR segment by launching exciting new products such as the Vive Flow, a VR headset for smartphone owners.
With a design that resembles oversized sunglasses and weighing in at 189 grams, the Vive Flow promises to be one of the most comfortable VR headsets to date that you can use without the aid of a PC.
The device comes equipped with two 1600×1600 pixel resolution screens and a 75Hz refresh rate, installed at the end of a visor fitted with active ventilation for sweat prevention and increased comfort during prolonged use. The viewing angle is up to 100° and image sharpness can be adjusted for each eye using the graduated adjustment on the two lenses.
The user experience is complemented by built-in stereo speakers and microphones with noise-canceling technology.
The HTC Vive Flow has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for local hosting of videos. However, the device wasn’t designed for stand-alone use, with the built-in battery offering just 5 minutes of battery life, enough to move the USB-C cable from one power source to another (e.g. between your smartphone and power bank).
In contrast, power consumption limited to 7.5W allows powering with any power bank or smartphone equipped with reverse charging.
The Vive Flow design does not provide physical buttons or external remote control. Instead, pairing it with a smartphone allows you to adjust settings from a dedicated app, which also offers a virtual pointer/scroll pad for interaction in VR mode.
Supported connection options are Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, and Miracast.
HTC has listed the new Vive Flow for pre-order at $499, with shipping starting in November. The offer includes a carrying case and access to a free selection of VR content.