Vodafone announces own-brand VR headset and enhanced smartphone

Vodafone’s announced it will launch both an own-brand VR headset and new flagship handset which it says is ‘ideal’ for VR.

Its Smart VR headset will be a lightweight offering - 260 grams - and sold as a separate accessory to the Smart Platinum 7 handset.

It’ll be manufactured by TCT and run on the Google Cardboard ecosystem - and while there are no pictures just yet, it’s expected to be white, with silicone and sponge cushioning and stainless steel buttons.

There’s no pricing for the headset just yet, but the newly announced handset will be £300 to buy straight out or £28 per month for unlimited minutes, texts and 1GB of data.  

Both devices will launch on 20 June.

The smartphone’s specs include:

  • Premium 4G+
  • Slim aluminium and glass frame
  • 2k AMOLED display
  • 16MP rear camera with zero second shutter lag
  • Up to two days’ battery lifetime and quick charge 3.0 which will restore half the smartphone’s charge in half an hour

The Platinum 7 also comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone for added activation and security and an octa-core processor supported by 3GB of RAM.

The handset also has a 5.5 inch 2K AMOLED display and front facing landscape stereo speakers,which the company says are “ideal for watching HD multimedia including virtual reality”.

Patrick Chomet, group director of terminals at Vodafone, said: “I am particularly excited about the Vodafone Smart platinum 7, which makes premium smartphone design and technology more attainable, so many more Vodafone customers will enjoy streaming everything from HD TV to virtual reality over our fast and reliable 4G+ networks.”

Vodafone started selling its own brand products back in 2006, and last year the Platinum 7’s predecessor, the Smart ultra 6, received a number of good reviews and awards. The company’s sold over 85 million Vodafone devices to date.

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