Yup, that’s the virtual reality headset Vive name appearing on a smartphone.
Until now HTC has kept its smartphones and its virtual reality Vive headset separate. A new leak shows off an HTC Vive handset that appears to do away with that division.
The handset, featuring Vive branding and a dual-camera, leaked via serial leakster Evan Blass. It was seen in a promotional video that gives us a glimmer of what HTC has in store for 2017.
HTC 2017? pic.twitter.com/ppONWlT5Mr
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 8, 2017
While the handset was only shown briefly that dual-camera was clear. This suggests the smartphone will be able to detect depth, ideal for photos but also useful for virtual reality. With this Vive handset docked in a headset users could, conceivably, use hand gestures picked up by the cameras to interact with the virtual or augmented reality world.
That’s a leap but a fair presumption in the path for a company like HTC which is pushing the virtual reality and smartphone brands forward.
Expect to hear more soon with Mobile World Congress just around the corner.