The ZTE Axon 7 is now the cheapest Daydream-compatible smartphone

If you want to get into virtual reality, you often have to to buy multiple pieces of hardware to get it to work. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift require a gaming PC along with the headset itself, the Oculus Rift needs you to buy the Oclulus Touch if you want to have the full motion tracked experience, and the Playstation VR requires you to on a Playstation 4 console. One big reason the Playstation VR has been selling so well is because so many people already have a Playstation 4, so jumping into virtual reality is as simple as buying the headset. This  is similar to mobile VR, although up until now very few devices could run Google’s Daydream interface.

Most everyone has a phone. Flip phones are barely even manufactured anymore, and even pay-as-you-go devices are being migrated to use the same types of hardware as the mainstream market. When Google announced the Daydream View back in September of last year, the idea was to let people buy a cheap headset, and jump right into virtual reality using their device. This proved difficult at launch however, as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL were the only devices to support the technology for quite a long time. After a long wait, Google has finally expanded Daydream compatibility to a number of other devices, and after a recent update, the ZTE Axon 7 has just become the cheapest option if you want to jump into Daydream VR.

The update pushes the device to Android 7.0 Nougat. While it was supposed to be moved to the new OS by the end of January, the company missed that mark by just a smidgen. The hardware was always good enough to run Daydream, but software was the one thing that was missing on the device. With the phone available for $395 on Amazon and Google’s Daydream View headset currently selling for $49 until February 25th, the combo can theoretically be had for just $445, which is over $150 cheaper than buying an Oculus Rift headset by itself. The phone is also a great device in its own right, earning a score of 8.9/10 and receiving our editors choice award over at Android Authority.

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