South Korean electronic giant LG has just announced its own version of Virtual Reality headset. The new headset is a modified version of Google Cardboard. The best part is, LG announced that the new VR will be bundled for free with every G3 smartphone.
The offer is a clear debut of a battle between LG and another South Korean giant, Samsung, which also offered its own Gear VR headset with Galaxy Note 4. The difference is, Samsung charges an additional $200 for the futuristic wearable accessory.
To attract users away from Galaxy Note 3 and Gear VR, LG announced the new offer. The company said the VR for G3 will be available in select markets where customers of an LG G3 will receive a unit of the new headset at no additional cost.
The announcement of free bundle of VR for LG G3 comes roughly eight months after Google unveiled the Cardboard VR. Google Cardboard is a virtual reality headset made out of, as the name suggests, cardboard. Google gave a copy of the Cardboard VR to each of the I/O 2014 attendees, for free. In addition to that, the search giant put up instructions on how to create a VR on the cheap without spending too much money. Despite the gadget being somewhat silly and fun, it received widely positive reaction from the people who used it.
LG’s VR for G3 is no different. It is basically a modified version of Google Cardboard made out of plastic material. The company will not only bundle the gadget for free with G3, but also give out a free game called Robobliteration that users can download using a QR code printed into the box.
The Korean company said that it will be super easy to control and interact with the VR thanks to the unique design of G3 with its rear key layout and Bluetooth headsets. The VR takes advantage of various sensors that the phone sports including, but not limited, Gyroscope. Users will be able to scroll through various apps on their smartphone without touching the display because the VR for G3 employs a scrollable neodymium ring magnet on one side. The ring magnet contacts with the phone’s gyroscope to enable the smooth interaction between the devices and give users easier navigation experience.
The G3 itself is also one of the most powerful smartphones in the world today. It is the current flagship phone of the company. With a 5.5-inch True HD IPS display,the phone packs enormous 1440 x 2560 pixel resolutions with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It currently runs on Android 4.4.2 but an update to Android Lollipop is planned.
Under the hood, the latest beast from LG packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core Krait 400 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz. It also has an Adreno 330 for graphics processing power. The phone has 2 GB of RAM on the 16 GB model and 3 GB RAM on the 32 GB model. Both models come with a 13 MP rear camera and 2.1 MP front camera.
While LG G3 has already been performing well in terms of popularity and sale, the company’s latest foray into the virtual reality headset remains to be seen how much success the company can bring. With the announcement of a free VR for G3 bundle, it does look like LG is off to a good start.
By Aminul Islam Sajib
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