The upcoming HTC 10, which is expected to make its official debut next month, “will support” HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset, according to a new report. It is also expected to be HTC’s first smartphone with a Quad HD display and USB-C connectivity.
“HTC’s new flagship model for 2016, likely to be named HTC OneG 10, will support its forthcoming VR (virtual reality) device, the Vive,” reports DigiTimes, citing Taipei-based news outlet Central News Agency (CNA).
It’s not totally clear what “will support” means. Unlike Samsung’s Gear VR, HTC Vive works with PCs rather than smartphones — but this could suggest HTC is working on a watered-down virtual reality experience that users can enjoy when pairing Vive with the HTC 10 instead.
This move could provide a slight boost to HTC 10 sales; some may be interested in acquiring the device to use Vive instead of splashing out on a PC powerful enough to run it. But it seems unlikely many would spend $799 on the headset for smartphone-level VR when they could buy a Galaxy S7 and Gear VR for half the price.
“The M10 will also sport “Ice View” that will support Vive’s phone services,” the report adds — but HTC has already confirmed that Vive will connect with most Android and iOS devices to provide notifications and allow users to take calls while they’re enjoying VR.