This Smartphone's Packaging Turns Into a VR Headset

By Chris Mills on at

Alcatel has been synonymous with cheap and somewhat cheerful Android phones for years now, but its latest play could be surprisingly interesting: not only does its rumoured upcoming handset sound good, but even the box it comes in could be useful – as a cheap VR viewer.

According to a press photo obtained by serial leaker Evan Blass, the Alcatel Idol 4S will come packaged in a certified Google Cardboard viewer: the plastic packaging is hiding lenses and a headband inside, so you can start VRing out of the box.


This Smartphone's Packaging Turns Into a VR Headset


Although it’s just a leak, it does make sense: earlier this month, Alcatel leaked a few specs and the teaser line “Your World Augmented” on its own site. According to those specs, and others added by Blass, we could be in for a treat: 5.5-inch screen powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 652, 3GB of RAM, microSD slot, and a 16 megapixel rear camera with an f2.0 lens.

If it came in under $400 (around the £280 mark), it could be one of the cheapest all-in-one VR solutions to hit the market, not to mention one hell of a mid-range Android phone. It’s only two weeks until MWC, so not long to wait and see the truth. [VentureBeat]

Image credit: Evan Blass/VentureBeat