Huawei joins the VR race with an oddly familiar headset


All aboard the VR hype train!

Huawei just unveiled three brand new VR headsets for their flagship P9, P9 Plus and Mate 8 smartphones. They look…oddly familiar if you ask me.


Dubbed the Huawei VR, these VR headsets bear a striking resemblance to Samsung’s Gear VR, from the dials to the touch sensitive navigation buttons and back key. The three variants are separated based on which Huawei flagship you’re using, which means that at least two of the variants will be USB Type-C capable.


It mounts your smartphone the same way too, by popping off the front visor, plugging your device into the port at one end (with the VR app running) and snapping the smartphone in with the clip at the other end.


This headset also supports 360-degree sound field, but you will need to have the right content loaded and your own specialised headphones that can support this audio format.


One way the Huawei VR might fall short of the Gear VR is that Huawei’s smartphones are all running at a 1080p full-HD resolution compared to Samsung’s Quad HD panels on the supported Samsung devices.

The Huawei VR headsets receive 20ms low latency and 95-degree field of view specifications but with an added bluelight filter which should translate to less tired eyes.


You won’t be able to wear your glasses with the headset, but the lenses are adjustable and will accommodate myopia of down to -7.00. At launch, Huawei will offer over 4,000 free movies, over 40 games, over 350 panoramic images and over 150 panoramic tours with the Huawei VR.

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Unfortunately, Huawei has not revealed any pricing or availability.