Australians will be able to transport themselves to vivid virtual worlds, sit front row at events and play immersive 3D games from the comfort of their lounge room when Telstra launches the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge alongside a futuristic headset that transforms these smartphones into virtual reality devices.
The new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are Samsung’s most sophisticated smartphones yet featuring a luxurious metal design, high-speed web performance, upgraded camera optics and the return of much-loved features like water and dust protection and expandable memory.
But according to Andrew Volard, Telstra’s Director of Devices, it is the arrival of the Gear VR headset that is set to take the smartphone experience even further and make virtual reality a mainstream way to play games, be immersed in unique experiences and access entertainment.
“For the first time, we’re making virtual reality headsets available for customers to experience across our store network as part of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge launch. We think they’re going to be hugely popular. These clever headsets have sensors and a touchpad and work by drawing on the vivid screen, processing
power and wireless connectivity of S7 smartphones,” he said.
They can transport the wearer to another world, place them front row at a concert and send them sightseeing to far-flung cities. “The immersive effect has to be seen to be believed. We will be hosting demonstrations at Telstra stores across the nation so our customers can experience it for themselves,” he added.
Volard said the Galaxy smartphone range is one of the most popular in Australia with hundreds of thousands of customers choosing these phones in the last year alone. “Orders for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge went live a couple of weeks ago and already we’ve seen our strongest pre-launch demand for a Galaxy phone yet. Both phones have secured our Blue Tick, which will also boost their appeal and means they offer the best handheld coverage performance in regional coverage areas,” he said.
Mr Volard said Telstra customers upgrading to the new smartphones can look forward to the fastest web speeds yet on Samsung’s flagship phones with both the S7 and the S7 edge supporting category 9 LTE download speeds of up to 450Mbps on Telstra’s 4GX network (typical download speeds are 5-150Mbps in
4GX areas and 2-50Mbps in 4G areas). That means faster streaming, sharing and surfing on the web when in 4GX coverage areas.
Other features customers will love include Samsung’s new 12MP Dual Sensor camera with even faster auto focus and outstanding lowlight performance, an immersive Quad HD display and wireless charging with an optional wireless charging pad (sold separately).
The Gear VR headset is available for $159 or $5 per month over 24 months with $39 upfront payment with a Go Mobile Plan (limited stock at launch).