In recent years, HTC has focused primarily on developing virtual reality (VR) skills for the enterprise and business sector. In October of this year, the company announced a new VR device, the HTC Vive Flow. The company describes Flow as immersive glasses placed for entertainment, wellness and meditation.
Obtained the product for a hands-on review. This is what we made.
HTC claims that ViveFlow is a compact, lightweight, immersive pair of glasses weighing just 189g. According to the company, this new device will help people to nurture, relax and enjoy themselves on a daily basis. My first impression of it was definitely lightweight, and in fact I felt it was as light as a chocolate stick. Even if I didn’t wear glasses on a regular basis, I didn’t feel any discomfort. The best part is that the unique hinges are designed to fit many different head shapes and sizes.
The dual hinge design and soft face gasket allow it to be folded into a compact size, making it extremely portable.
The glasses also have a built-in diopter dial, which makes it easy to make adjustments to make the look clearer. The inner lens is adjustable and can be raised to -6.0 with both eyes, so you don’t need to wear glasses.
Its active cooling system pulls warm air away from the face and makes it very comfortable to wear.
VR devices are currently compatible with some Android smartphones, so you need to check the HTC website to get a list of compatible mobile devices. Once you have a compatible phone, you need to download the Vive app to access and download all the content. Flow comes with 64GB of storage.
Once connected to power, it will take about a minute to load and you will be able to access your Vive library. It’s easy to navigate using your smartphone.
Moving on to some technical specifications, the HTC Vive Flow enables a 100-degree wide field of view of a cinematic screen with a crisp 3.2K resolution and a smooth 75 Hz refresh rate.
With full 3D spatial audio, VIVE Flow provides a clear audio experience and can even be connected to external Bluetooth earphones. This is especially useful if you want to watch your show on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hotstar. We hope these will be broadcast on the UAE soon. I watched a movie and, to be honest, I felt like I was watching a movie on a big screen in a movie theater. If you’re a football fan, watching YouTube 360 videos, Flow almost takes you to the field.
One of the most important aspects of the device is battery life. Don’t worry, you won’t miss the climax of that murder mystery or the final goal of the match. With a fully charged 10,000mAh power bank, the flow can always run for 4-5 hours. You can connect your device to a USB-C port and then pair it with your smartphone or power bank.
Price and availability
With VR devices becoming more and more mainstream, the HTC Vive Flow is definitely worth a try. It is currently available for 24 months at the Etisalat store and website for a monthly fee of Dhs100.
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