Vodacom unveils new branded VR headset, phones

Johannesburg - South Africa’s biggest mobile network by subscribers, Vodacom, has launched its first ever branded virtual reality (VR) headset along with new smartphones.

Vodacom said on Tuesday that it will be selling its first “lightweight”, 260 grams VR headset as an accessory for the mobile network’s branded Smart platinum 7 smartphone.

Vodacom joins other smartphone makers such as Samsung in bundling a VR headset with a smartphone device.

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Meanwhile, Vodacom’s new Smart platinum 7 smartphone -  a successor to the Smart ultra 6 - has a 16MP camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600-series processor and is LTE enabled.

Other features of the Android powered Smart platinum 7 include a fingerprint sensor and a 5.5” 2K AMOLED display.

The Smart Platinum 7 will cost R7 999 or R399 per month.

“With these exciting new devices, Vodacom is now able to offer devices, not only in the entry-level smartphone and tablet category, but also in the premium mobile class as well”, said Vodacom’s managing executive for product and commercial management, Zunaid Mahomed.

The company further announced the successor to its Smart ultra 6 smartphone, the Vodacom Smart ultra 7.

The Smart ultra 7 - which costs R3 199 or R249 per month - is also an LTE enabled Android phone that features a 16GB internal memory as well as 5 megapixel (MP) front and 13 MP rear cameras.

Pictured Above: Vodacom's newly branded virtual reality headset.

Vodacom's Smart platinum (left) and Smart ultra (right).

Meanwhile, Vodacom also launched new mid-to-lower entry level smartphones which include the R1 799 Smart prime 7 which is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 200-series processor.

Other new Vodacom mid-to-lower entry level smart devices including the R699 Smart Mini 7, the R499 Smart Kicka 2 and the  R999 Vodacom Smart tab 2 3G.

Vodacom said its branded devices are in high demand in South Africa with 2.5 million of its devices having been sold in the last financial year, accounting for 25.7% of total device sales in South Africa.

Vodacom is also South Africa’s biggest mobile network with around 34 million subscribers, according to its full-year results for the period ended March 2016.

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