It what is far and away the most comprehensive virtual reality bundle to be offered by a smartphone manufacturer to date, LG has today opened up pre-orders for their G5 Smartphone virtual reality bundle. The offer, which seems to be exclusive to B&H Photo Video, could bring VR content creation and consumption to the next level. First let’s look at what will be included in the bundle, along with specifications, which will cost just $749.99:
- 360° Camera, VR Headset & G5 Smartphone
- GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE Capable
- North American Variant Smartphone
- Smartphone Has Modular Design
- Dual Rear Cameras: 16MP + 8MP
- Headset Shows 360° Photos and Videos
- Headset Plays Google Cardboard Content
- 360 Camera: Dual 13MP Sensors
- 360 Camera Records 2K 360° Video
- 360 Camera: 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
The LG G5 smartphone is a top-of-the-line product by itself, but when you include what is likely the best available smartphone-powered virtual reality headset, the LG 360 VR, along with the compact 360-degree camera, this offer almost seems too good to be true. The 360 degree camera being offered in this package is not only able to take crisp 360-degree photographs, but it also is capable of capturing 2k video at 360 degrees as well. Users will soon be able to record those unforgettable moments and then relived them in an immersive virtual reality experience, all of which is powered by their G5 smartphone.
Unlike the other smartphone-powered headsets, like the Samsung Gear VR or various Google Cardboard devices, LG’s 360 VR headset doesn’t utilize the G5’s display, instead plugging into the phone and using it as the computational powerhouse behind the headset, which has a more compact, far more immersive display. This allows for the headset itself to fairly easily fit into the average sized pocket for all of your mobile VR needs.
Priced separately, the 360-degree camera and 360 VR headset will retail at $199 a piece, but as a bundle as much as $300 can be shaved off of the cost that you’d pay if you were to buy all three devices by themselves. The bundle will come in two different color options, ‘Titan’ and ‘Silver,’ and the first packages will arrive sometime in May of this year.
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