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HTC will launch a mobile version of the Vive this year

HTC isn't selling as many phones as it used to, and is now referring to itself as a "VR company," much to the delight of its shareholders.

The company has informed CNET UK that is working on a mobile version of the HTC Vive, though the design and functionality is not yet clear. What is clear is that "it's not a phone slapped onto a headset. It'd be a different thing," according to CFO Chia-lin Chang.

The Vive, while great, requires a very powerful PC and a rat's nest of wires to function properly, while solutions like Google Daydream and Samsung Gear VR merely require a compatible smartphone. They're not as powerful, obviously, but you can take it with you.

HTC promises something in the middle, perhaps a bit more standalone, and slightly more powerful, than Google's and Samsung's approaches, but more portable than a Vive. According to HTC, the solution will be compatible with its new HTC U Ultra flagship, and will be released before the end of 2017.

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

8 Comments
  • HTC refers to itself as a "VR company"? 😢
  • The article is deceiving. This has nothing to do with the HTC Vive. The processing power of a PC cant be compared to a smartphone (HTC Ultra).
    What you are calling HTC Vive 2 is comparable to Google Cardboard / DayDream, not the HTC Vive.
  • Might want to work on your reading comprehension Sparky.
  • Uhhh... HTC said it. AC is just reporting it.
  • Didn't read did you?
  • I did. They changed the article and the title after my comment. I am not crazy.
  • This comment is deceiving.
  • The article and it's title were changed AFTER my comment, wise guy.