1999 Yuan LeTV Super Helmet is like having a 1000 inch screen in your home


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LeTV have released the full hardware configuration and pricing for it’s first VR headset, its not just an empty plastic box.

Earlier this week LeTV released a bunch of new products, one of them was a pair of goggles that are simply called the “Super Helmet”. The VR headset looks similar to Samsung’s VR offering, but rather making an empty plastic box which needs a phone to operated (ala Samsung), the LeTV hardware is a little more involved.

Inside the headset there is a Sharp 5.5-inch 2K display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The screen supports 3D and 2D images and 1080 video playing at 60FPS. The effect the goggles gives is a 1000 inch theatre screen at a distance of 15 meters! So slipping these on is like walking in to your own mini cinema.

On the side of the goggle are hardware buttons for switching between 2D and 3D, a brightness control and volume control. The 450g headset also supports a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type C for charging and data transfer.

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LeTV will begin selling the ‘Super Helmet’ online soon for 1999 Yuan. Do you think they are worth it? Or would it be better to spend around the same on a smartphone and pick up a pair of Google Cardboard?

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7 Comments

  1. R4h4
    September 9, 2015

    For me, as an Gear VR owner, the resolution needs to be at least 4k to be interesting. Otherwise the screendoor effect kills it for me. Sony showed that it is possible to fit that many pixels on a 5.5 inch screen so I wondern if (or more like when) companys will start to use them in theire VR Headsets

  2. realjjj
    September 9, 2015

    The price is ridiculous. Since this is just for video at 100$ you could consider it vs cardboard or some cheap phone holder but at over 300$ it’s just a huge waste. Even if it did gaming the price would be too high, for that kind of money you can find 4k TVs,instead of this 5.5 inch screen.

    • R4h4
      September 9, 2015

      The question is, can you connect this device with your home pc and use all of the existing Oculus applications? If it is only for waching videos i are right but when you can use other, more interactive, software 300$ are not that bad. Right know the only (more or less) availible competitors are Oculus with its 350$ price tag on the developer edition and the Gear VR which is just a (way better) cardbord – for 200$ and you even need to buy either the s6 or the note 4 for additional 500$

      • realjjj
        September 9, 2015

        It’s unlikely to have sufficient sensors and Oculus will be DRM heavy (Win 10 helps at that , by disabling unauthorized hardware).Oculus will do all it can to stop us from buying cheap hardware, that’s why we really need the alternatives to succeed.Oculus is a very closed and restrictive ecosystem , the hardware+software will be very pricey (even if they would give the hardware for free,they would milk us on the software side).

  3. September 9, 2015

    The more I read about the Super Helmet the less impressed I get:

    – It only has a 70-degree FOV? Compare that to the 90-degree and above FOV in the Gear VR and even some Cardboard headsets. In VR even a 10-degree difference in FOV makes a big impact on immersion.
    – It only supports the LeTV One Pro smartphone? If that’s the case then I’d rather get the Gear VR.
    – If you have to tether it to a PC or phone to feed it content, then it’s not very portable.

  4. Rene
    September 10, 2015

    I don’t understand the switch between 3D and 2D on this headset..?! I thought VR goggles are always 3D..? Otherwise what’s the point? Honestly confused right now…

    • Chico Migraña
      September 10, 2015

      Maybe cause there’s some people can’t see 3D