Asus working on its own VR headset - will this be its Daydream viewer?
Summer has a bit of a reputation of being a new-phone wasteland; we have the early-year announcements of CES and MWC, and the fall brings the arrival of IFA-launched phones, new Nexus hardware, and Apple's latest iPhones. But summer? It's a crapshoot. While that can make it difficult to look forward to new phones, we've got quite a few interesting launches on the horizon, and today we had the opportunity to check out a very nice spread, as Asus introduced its latest lineup of powerful, affordable models. But Asus didn't just have phones (and tablets) to show off, as the company quietly gave the press a peek at an in-development VR headset.
Asus isn't saying much just yet about its plans for the visor, and all we know right now is that it's to be called Asus VR – though we suppose even that could change.
The company's not ready right now to offer any hands-on demos, but as you can see from the image above, this seems to be a better-designed VR headset than most, with what looks like a premium leather strap.
Among the many details Asus has yet to confirm is whether this is just some run-of-the-mill (albeit swanky) Cardboard headset, or if this could be an enhanced Daydream-compatible version.
We already heard that Asus would likely be among the first smartphone manufacturers to release Daydream-ready handsets. While it's no guarantee that every company making Daydream phones will also sell their own Daydream viewer, the presence of this hardware here sure has us thinking that there's a strong possibility Asus will do so.
Presumably, we'll be getting more details on both that first Asus Daydream phone and this VR headset a little later this year.
source: Mobilegeeks (YouTube) via Android Authority