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HTC Is Getting Ready to Launch a Mobile VR Headset

HTC Is Getting Ready to Launch a Mobile VR Headset

A more affordable, HTC mobile VR headset is also reportedly in the pipeline and expected to be released by the end of the year, according to the latest sources.

HTC knows that in order to stay in business and go head-to-head with other big names in the industry it has to make some serious changes. If it's not a high-end headset, and not a low-end headset, it seems like it could become a "mid-range" device.

Speaking at the HTC U series launch event in Singapore, Chang said that the company has "good plan" in terms of blending mobility with virtual reality (VR). It will still use a phone, but it may drop the form factor that many mobile VR headsets use.

In spite of the outstanding performances, however, the HTC Vive sales were overtaken by Samsung with its Gear VR in 2016.

HTC has seen some success with its HTC Vive headset, which reportedly outsold the competing Oculus Rift during the holiday season.

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It marked the seventh consecutive quarter of losses for HTC, once a star of the intensely competitive smartphone sector.

Chang said HTC will reduce the volume of phones it puts on the market, with plans to launch six or seven at most in 2017.

At the moment, not much is known about HTC's headset in the works.

But the device won't be as simple as the Samsung Gear VR, which relies entirely upon the smartphone for computing purposes.

The company is one of the early players to venture into virtual reality and has spearheaded an informal alliance to develop the sector which includes Warner Brothers, Alibaba and Valve. As it turns out, HTC registered a 14 percent revenue decrease, which translates to approximately $722 million as of a year ago.


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