Huawei unveils its own mobile VR headset

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Of course Huawei is making a Gear VR rival
These are apparently the first VR headsets to offer 360-degree sound field on the go.Huawei may have just announced the fancy P9 and P9 Plus smartphones in London last week, but it actually saved a little surprise for its Shanghai launch today. Well, we say “surprise” but it’s also very much a “me too” thing at this point. Simply dubbed Huawei VR, this headset series will initially come in three flavors to let you slot in the company’s most recent flagship devices: the two P9 phones and the larger Mate 8. Given their mere 1080p screen resolution, don’t expect any crisp video quality through those goggles, but Huawei claims its VR solution is the first to offer 360-degree sound field on the go, as long as you have the right content loaded and your own headphones plugged in.

The report does quotes Huawei as asserting that the Huawei VR is the first mobile VR headset to support “360-degree sound field” (with headphones). The Gear VR does indeed support spatial audio through the MilkVR app so it’s a bit unclear whether this is just a meaningless marketing grab or whether there’s actually some cool new tech at work here. Huawei unveils its own mobile VR headset

Huawei unveils its own mobile VR headset
Huawei unveils its own mobile VR headset

One noticeable difference between the two devices in actual use will have nothing to do with the headsets themselves but will instead highlight just how lackluster the 1080p screen resolutions of the compatible P9 and Mate 8 smartphones are compared to the QuadHD displays on the new Samsung Galaxy S7 line.

Content-wise, the Huawei VR will launch with a ton of content including a host of movies, 360 videos, games, panoramic images and panoramic tours to check out in-headset.

Another handset maker is getting into the headset game. Huawei announced its entry into the world of mobile virtual reality today with multiple versions of a Gear VR-like headset simply called “Huawei VR” Engadget reports. Huawei unveiled Huawei VR at a Shanghai launch event for the P9 and P9 Plus smartphones today.

No word on pricing or availability, but considering that none of the compatible smartphones are set to be released in the US, don’t expect to be wearing one of these bad boys stateside anytime soon. Huawei unveils its own mobile VR headset

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