Current VR Thinking: I Might Wait

Well, I was waiting for the Alcatel Idol 4s to be my entry point into VR.

Then ZTE came along with the Axon 7 and offered a lot more for about the same price.

But now ZTE itself has made me stop to think about what I should get because of their latest phone: The ZTE Zmax Pro.

Just look at this:


That’s the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra, a phone I was once very interested in. A phone with a six-inch HD screen. The Zmax Pro has the same.

The C5 Ultra is US$299. The Zmax Pro will be US$99.00.


This is what I consider to be a pre-VR phone. It’s HD, not 2K or even — cue the drool — 4K.

However, that price made me stop to think if I really want to carry around my VR machine and risk losing it, scratching the screen, having it stolen, or killing it via an accidental drop or collision.

And really, why I should hurry to get VR? The Daydream VR version of Android has yet to be released. So why rush? I don’t see any reason to.

Today also brought this news: Samsung’s standalone virtual reality headset might be called Odyssey.

Samsung confirmed three months ago that it’s working on a standalone virtual reality headset which is going to feature positional tracking, a technology found in high-end handsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. This means that Samsung is developing a headset that’s going to compete against the Vive and the Rift. This also means that this standalone VR headset will not require one of Samsung’s smartphones to function.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

(Although Samsung hasn’t filed any American trademark — at least that I could find — that’s bound to come here. Probably before the end of the year, for holiday sales.)

The big question is whether or not that Samsung headset will be Daydream Android-based mobile VR or something that needs to be connected to a PC (or Mac?).

But no matter.

Things are bound to change in many ways in the VR field between now and the holiday sales season. If I jump in now, I’ll be stuck. I don’t want to spend more money than I have to and I’d really like to avoid winding up with two phones — one to be used only for Daydream VR.

So my current thinking is to wait for VR and jump on this new ZTE Zmax Pro phone. The original Zmax phone — which had a 5.7-inch 720p screen for US$250(!) — had an active XDA following. And the Zmax Pro phone is bound to be acceptable for dipping into certain Google Books PDFs too.

Here’s the video that upset all of my thinking and made me consider the Zmax Pro:

ZTE Zmax Pro Hands-on

And another video:

ZTE ZMAX PRO hands-on

Sure, the Snapdragon 617 isn’t as powerful at the 652, but for a phone this might be good enough for me. But really, at US$99? Is there really anyone who can raise an objection?


ZTE Zmax Pro at MetroPCS

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One Response to Current VR Thinking: I Might Wait

  1. richfinck says:

    That’s speced pretty nice for a $99 phone. You can’t go wrong with this.

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