One of the “hot topics” of CES 2016 was that of virtual reality, which we call VR viewers, but the approach was different Yezz. The young company of Miami presented Sphere, a new smartphone with two cameras orbital able to record video and take pictures at 360 degrees, then share them easily with friends. Essentially, Yezz Sphere allows you to explore your surroundings in 360 degrees with the difference that this is not a scene but virtual reality.
We had the opportunity to look closely at this smartphone at the fair in Las Vegas, although that case was only a prototype, and we are confident that you will appreciate the idea and potential of the project Yezz. There speaks Maurizio Feast, VP Product & Marketing in Yezz, in the video interview below.
The have guessed: Yezz Sphere is not the usual mid-range smartphone, but a device far more interesting because it is different from any other terminal on the market. And we assure you, you see it in action is exciting: we tried to watch a video in 360 ° made by the team in his office with Sphere and we tilted his head and peeked into the corners as if we were really there. Certainly, Sphere comes to the more fascinating and curious to an office, but as video-demo we can confirm that it works quite well.
The smartphone has a 5 megapixel camera with a fish-eye lens on both sides (front and back). Both have the same time and the two video files are then edited by software “My sphere”, thus creating a unique 360-degree movie that can be viewed with Google Cardboard or any other viewer VR flight. While recording video, you can already have a preview: Finger-Pick lets you use your finger to navigate in any direction around the scene, full frame shows the entire 360 degree panorama shrunk in one window, while HUD is split-screen view showing both the front and rear video camera. After recording the clip, just tap a button to upload the video to YouTube and then share your favorite social network.
Considering the unique capabilities of recording, the design of Yezz Sphere is a bit ‘stocky but we are confident that the end devices will be more looked after the prototype seen at CES 2016. It has a solid chassis (but not rugged, at least do not believe), most often in the area of the cameras and with cut corners to improve grip. The rear part includes a support to connect it to a viewer and Yezz expected to release a series of accessories in the future.
Except for the photographic industry, which makes it special, Yezz Sphere is a smartphone powered by a fairly standard octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755), with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM expandable with a microSD card slot, more a 5.5-inch display (1080p). It also has a 3000 mAh battery, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 4G-LTE modem. Yezz Sphere is available for pre-order at a price of 299.99 dollars, with deliveries from April. We do not know if it will be sold in Italy and at what price, but we are optimistic because Balducci SRL, the Italian distributor of products Yezz, exhibits already a banner dedicated to Sphere.