Enter Virtual Reality From Your Phone With Huawei VR

You might've heard of Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift, or Samsung's Gear VR, but here's something new: Huawei VR.

4. 25. 16 by Colin Aboy
VRCompany
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What’s New, Huawei?

As soon as technologies advanced to a point where companies could translate their products into virtual reality devices, the mobile world joined in the VR rush. And now, we have another new player—Huawei. But with popular products such as the Samsung Gear VR or the LG 360 VR, what does Huawei have to add to the mobile virtual reality bandwagon?

Meet Huawei’s modestly named Huawei VR.

The Chinese electronics company revealed the product when they announced the release of their new smartphone, the P9.

The new Huawei VR headset. Credit: Engadget

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The Specs

The P9 smartphone works together with the Huawei VR as its interface and processor pretty much the same way the Samsung Gear VR does it. It also has a trackpad on one side, giving the user access to a number of different functions and allowing the use of the phone even while it’s in the headset.

The headset operates with the usual 20ms low latency and 95° field-of-view (the Samsung Gear VR offers 96°) and an anti-blue light filter.

However, its display is limited by the P9’s 1080p screen, which isn’t much when it comes to the current devices out in the market. But unlike the Samsung Gear VR, this product is reportedly the first to incorporate 360-degree sound field (as long as it’s running the right content, that is).

The company asserts that, as soon as the product is released, it will have about 4,000 videos and 40 games. The device’s pricing and availability have not been announced yet, but the specs give an idea on where Huawei places itself in the virtual reality market.

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