Media and blog leaks spoiled the HTC One M9 debut, but the Taiwanese company get an ace from its sleeve and enters into Virtual Reality. During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona the smartphone manufacturer shown its new VR headset called HTC Vive. Unlike Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR the new device is allowing the user to move around with it.
Vive – virtual reality with movement
HTC is planning to release Vive later this year – most probably it will be ready for the winter’s holiday season. The company declined to reveal more details regarding the new headset – like tech specs. HTC is saying those details will be unveiled by Valve at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco which will started yesterday and will continue to the end of the week.
So before the Valve’s announcement we already know that HTC is partnering with the game developer in the virtual reality segment.
Spoils of smartphones
There is a reason why the new HTC’s VR headset Vive went under the radar. Because all rumors were concentrated to the new flagship smartphone made by HTC. The Taiwanese company shown its next model premium handset One M9. But the debut was spoiled by leaks weeks before the event in Barcelona. The latest rumors were so accurate and leave no surprise during the press conference.
HTC One M9 has 5-inch screen, the new 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor and a brand new 20MP rear camera. It has the same unibody aluminum case design as the One M8, but now it has a cool two tone coloring. The biggest news, but also rumored, is the new rear camera. It fixes the main weakness in the previous models. Now the camera is better, with better sensor for straightforward shooting. No more light tweaking as it was in the Ultra pixel camera, which now is moved as a front one.
The new HTC One M9 will be shipped to the end of March, just days before Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
But all this information leaked weeks or days before HTC’s event at MWC 2015. So the company could not generate the anticipated “bang” effect.
The new Grip
Another device revealed by HTC which passed under the radar is the new fitness band – called Grip. With the Vive and now with the smartband, the Taiwanese company is going deeper into the wearables as it searches for new revenue streams.
The Grip will be released this Spring for $199. Unlike most smartbands it will have build-in GPS module, so it can track your movement without the necessity to bring your smartphone with you.
If you missed the whole HTC presentation with Vive, One M9 and Grip, you can watch it here:
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