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HTC's standalone Vive Focus launches in China for $600

HTC's standalone Vive Focus launches in China for $600
From Engadget - December 7, 2017

In addition to pricing and availability, HTC also shed more light on the internal specifications. We already knew about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset deep inside the Vive Focus, and now we are also told that there's a 2,880 x 1,600 single-piece AMOLED display, which is actually sharper than the Vive's 2,160 x 1,200 made up of two AMOLED panels. While both headsets have the same 110-degree field of view, the Vive Focus' 75 Hz refresh rate is a little slower than the Vive's 90 Hz. Alas, the mechanism of the inside-out tracking module remains a mystery for now. There's also no figure on the weight yet, but as mentioned in our hands-on, it felt lighter than its tethered counterpart.

In terms of battery life, HTC claims that a single charge is good for up to three hours of continuous use or over a week on standby. When depleted, you can bring it back to life using Quick Charge 3.0 via USB-C. As for connectivity, the Vive Focus features WiFi and Bluetooth, but there's no cellular radio here. The WiFi part also supports Miracast for streaming to TVs, which worked well during the demos I saw at last month's launch event. And speaking of Bluetooth, that's for hooking up to accessories such as the bundled 3DoF controller, which runs on two AAA batteries for up to 30 hours of usage.

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