Google’s hardware event on October 4th will likely involve updates to the company’s Pixel phone and, according to Droid-Life, the Daydream VR headsets. We don’t have details on the headsets’ new specs, but Droid-Life says we can expect three new colors — charcoal, fog, and coral — and a price bump. They’ll be priced at $99, compared to $79 last year.
The build of the headsets looks slightly better, judging off the leaked photo. They might even incorporate a new material; Droid-Life speculates that they might be made of nylon as opposed to the prior jersey fabric. As for the price bump, we expect Google’s partners to release more expensive third-party Daydream headsets, meaning the company isn’t trying to capture the low-end market and is instead leaving it to other manufacturers. Overall, I’m into the idea of a coral remote. That’s exciting.
Google promised 11 Daydream-compatible phones by the end of the year, and has yet to make good on its word. Users can only choose from Google’s own Pixel handsets, Samsung’s S8 and S8 Plus, Motorola’s Moto Z, Huawei’s Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9, ZTE’s Axon 7, and Asus’ ZenFone AR. Hopefully this means we’ll hear about three more phones at the event.