Second Indian phone bundled with VR headset

(Image courtesy iBerry.)

(Image courtesy iBerry.)

Following Lenovo’s bundling of its new K4 Note smartphone with an Ant VR virtual reality headset last week — a promotion that sold 10,000 sets in less than a second — iberry has launched its new Auxus Stunner smartphone as part of a bundle with the Auxus VR headset.

The bundle is priced at Rs. 14,990, or about $220, and, for an extra bonus, also comes with a free Auxus iWatch worth Rs. 7,990, or about $117.

After the special offer expires nine days from now, the phone will sell for its regular price of Rs. 18,990, or about $279.

The phone itself is made by a Hong Kong company and is about the size of the Samsung Galaxy S6, with a 5 inch screen, but has a significantly lower screen resolution at just 720 by 1280 pixels.

(Image courtesy iBerry.)

(Image courtesy iBerry.)

The virtual reality headset seems to be a private-label version of the Virglass headset, available here from Amazon for $100, and from GearBest under the Deepoon label for $45. According to the manufacturer, it has a field of view of 68 degrees — that’s a good fit for watching movies on a giant virtual screen, but not so great for immersive virtual reality experiences, which typically require a field of view of 90 degrees or above.

With the phone’s lower screen resolution, pairing it with a headset with a narrow field of view makes sense.

By comparison, the Lenovo Vibe K4 has a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels, which is a better fit with the Ant VR’s 100-degree field of view.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.