YEZZ Android smartphones come bundled with a free cardboard VR viewer

Mid range models come equipped with virtual reality right out of the box

VR 360 is a new smartphone bundle from little known manufacturer YEZZ which will support virtual reality right out of the box. In fact, the box is a Google Cardboard V2 branded VR headset.

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The Andy 5.5VR smartphone features a Mediatek 1.3GHz quad-core chip, 4G LTE compatibility, a 13 MP rear-facing camera, a 5 MP front-facing camera, and a 5.5-inch HD screen. There will also be a five-inch screen version available called Andy 5VR, which has the same chipset but slightly lower specs. There's no 4G, the screen's resolution is 854 x 480 and the cameras are 8MP and 2MP instead. Both devices run Android Lollipop 5.1.

YEZZ is badging these phones as VR Ready with a 360 degree video player preloaded and claims that it will "enable a smooth virtual reality experience". But we'd recommend using the highest resolution, most powerful smartphone you can afford to get the best VR experience possible and let's face it, that probably isn't going to be these handsets.

Still, it's affordable all round. The YEZZ VR 360 bundle will be available later this year for between $99 and $249, depending on the model and options you choose. The Miami-based firm also showed off a modular Project Ara prototype at MWC 2015 - only two have been developed so far.

The decision to include Google Cardboard with these budget and mid-range phones is added evidence that virtual reality is becoming more and more popular. Whether you get a cardboard VR headset from a cereal box or a plastic one from Mattel, it appears that the industry is going to see a big influx of cheap and cheerful hardware over the next 12 months.


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