OnePlus’s giveaway of its free cardboard virtual reality set has ended as the company has run out of stock on the limited product. The Chinese company decided to offer a free Google Cardboard-like virtual reality headset for those who preorder the company’s upcoming OnePlus One smartphone.
The Google Cardboard is a non-conformist virtual reality set for mobile forms which uses a rudimentary cardboard frame for the headset’s body. It was first presented in 2014 and is basically a low cost option for testing and developing virtual reality programs, usually costing between $20 and $30.
The company decided to stop the giveaway probably due to the fact that this was probably inventory liquidation before the company launches a newer version near the end of July. They also stated that they were not gaining anything from the campaign, implying some financial losses because of it. The Cardboard version in the giveaway was in itself a tweaked version of the one unveiled at Google’s I/O conference in June. The company said the following in a blog statement:
“This is not a product; it’s an initiative. We aren’t making any money by offering OnePlus Cardboard. There will come a day in which we will be able to travel the world and experience amazing things without ever leaving the comfort of our homes. OnePlus Cardboard exists to drive this idea forward.”
OnePlus’s Google Cardboard clone has a couple of tweaks to the formula to make more durable and easy to use. Firstly, the cardboard itself is thicker than that of the Google version to make it less easier to deteriorate, while also making its design narrower by more than 20 percent. Also, the exterior surfaces were added a mix of oil/dirt resistant film which makes it way more resistant to sweat and other types of deterioration by human interaction.
The next model of the OnePlus Cardboard VR headset is set to be unveiled July 27th, and will reportedly come in two different versions: the cheaper one will boast 3GB of RAM on 5.5 inch display, while the more expensive one will up it to 4 GB and 5.7 inches. Reports also suggest that they will both be powered by an octacore central processing unit and will offer a whole range of new capabilities for users. There is no information on pricing as of yet.
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