It’s already been one heck of a month within the virtual reality space, as both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have begun shipping, and tens of thousands of Samsung Gear VR headsets also are shipping out to users who purchased a Galaxy S7 smartphone over the last few months. While the Samsung Gear VR is clearly the early leader within the smartphone-powered virtual reality space, LG recently announced their own headset, and now it looks like Karbonn will open the floodgates to VR within India.
Today Karbonn introduced two brand new smartphones, the Quattro L52 and Titanium Mach 6 into the Indian market. Along with the phones, however, they have also unveiled the Karbonn VR headset, which will be compatible with both of these new smartphones out of the gate. This move, within the second largest country on the planet, could rapidly increase the number of virtual reality users within the Android smartphone ecosystem.
“VR is the next big growth area in consumer technology. As per a recent report, the global Virtual Reality market is expected to touch an estimated USD 120 billion by 2020,” Karbonn Mobiles Executive Director Shashin Devsare said. “Karbonn’s VR glasses are an effort to bring VR technology at disruptive price-points in the under Rs 10,000 bracket. We are optimistic about the consumer response and are confident that Karbonn’s range of VR smartphones will be a key cog in bringing the benefits of VR technology to the masses.”
The Carbon Quattro L52 features a 5-inch display, 1.3GHz processor, 5 megapixel front camera, 8 megapixel rear camera, a 2250 mAH battery and 2GB of RAM. It will be priced at just Rs. 8,790. The Titanium Mach Six is priced at only Rs. 7,490 and features a 6-inch display, 3.2 megapixel front camera, 8 megapixel rear camera, a 3300 mAH battery, 1.3GHz processor and also 2GB of RAM. Both phones will be compatible with and include the new Karbonn VR headset. While these may be smartphones on the lower end of the spectrum, this seems like an excellent way to get a large percentage of the Indian population hooked on virtual reality. If nothing else, it will at least get India talking about this up and coming technology. As for the headset itself, it looks to also be a cheaper version of the Gear VR, perhaps closer to a plastic version of Google Cardboard than a flagship product like LG or Samsung has made.
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