Telecommunications giant Huawei expands its product line by launching its own virtual reality (VR) headset, the Huawei VR, alongside its recently announced P9 flagship, at an event in Shanghai, China.
While the wearable device strongly resembles the design and functionality of the Samsung VR, the two aren’t necessarily going head-to-head. Huawei is going after the Chinese market, whereas Samsung — in partnership with Oculus — is targeting the US, Europe, and South Korea first.
The Huawei VR is a step up from Google Cardboard.
How It Works
The Huawei VR headset connects directly to the P9 phone via a dedicated USB-C cable that reportedly simulates a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. The Huawei VR, like the Samsung Gear VR, works with only a few Huawei smartphones namely the P9, the P9 Plus, and the Mate 8.
The highlight of the VR headset is its 360-degree sound field along with the 360-degree videos. It also has a touch panel, a back button, and volume keys on the right.
The Huawei VR will come with 4,000 videos and 40 games that you can watch and play for free, according to Engadget. It’ll also include a few hundred panoramic images and tours.
It’s not stated where the content is coming from or what content sources owners will be able to access, so there are certainly still some big questions left about how this headset will actually compare to something like the Gear VR, which has developers on board making games for it.
Huawei Consumer Business Group Launches Huawei P9 and P9 Plus
Two weeks earlier, at an exclusive launch event at London’s Battersea Evolution, Huawei Consumer Business Group unveiled the much anticipated Huawei P9 and P9 Plus.
Created in collaboration with Leica, the dual-lens P9 sets a new standard in smartphone photography.
The Huawei P9 is the first smartphone co-engineered with the global iconic brand, Leica Camera AG. The P9’s dual-lens camera takes smartphone photography to the next level, allowing people to capture both vivid colors and striking black and white images.
Huawei is excited to give P9 users the best smartphone photography experience by leveraging the unrivalled capabilities of Leica, the leader in the world of imaging for more than 100 years,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Consumers around the world use their smartphones to take billions of pictures each year, making photography critical to user experience. P9 users can now capture images with unmatched clarity, richness and authenticity, with a masterfully designed and powerful smartphone that looks and feels incredible.”
Reinventing Smartphone Photography
Integrating the design values and engineering excellence of Huawei and Leica in a smartphone photography system co-engineered by the two companies, the P9 brings together best-in-class hardware and software, from optical lenses to sensors, to image processing algorithms, empowering users to capture the highest-quality images.
Key to the P9’s superlative imaging capabilities is a dual-camera design that fully unleashes the power of Leica’s optical lenses, renowned for precision and attention to detail, and subject to the industry’s most stringent quality screening requirements.
The RGB camera on the P9 specializes in capturing color while the monochrome camera is outstanding at acquiring picture detail. The two rear cameras of the P9 work in tandem to enable users to create images of superior detail, depth, and color. The P9 truly excels in low-light conditions, as the dual-camera design guarantees more light and detail can be captured.
The P9 makes it easy to adjust the camera aperture to create bokeh and other depth-of-field effects while keeping the main object in sharp focus.
Leica and Huawei share an uncompromising commitment to imaging excellence, and our partnership will put outstanding photography into the hands of more consumers around the world,” said Oliver Kaltner, CEO, Leica Camera AG. “We are deepening our collaboration to give users a more optimal smartphone photography experience.”
The P9 Revolutionizes Industrial Design
The 64GB version of the P9 comes in a stunning and unique Haze Gold finish, setting new industry standards in industrial design, with the use of techniques including brushed hairlines and metal polishing at micron-level precision to create a translucent metal surface.
Additionally, the Ceramic White version of the P9 is smoother than the painted bodywork of premium cars, reflecting and refracting light to present different shades of awe-inspiring colors as ambient conditions change.
A Glimpse of Huawei’s P9 Plus
Huawei is also unveiling the P9 Plus, featuring a 5.5-inch Press Touch display and a larger 3,400mAh battery. The P9 Plus also offers dual-IC Rapid Charge, giving users six hours of talk time after a 10-minute charge.
Leveraging Huawei’s industry-leading capabilities in telecommunications, the P9 and P9 Plus offer unrivaled new features including a virtual-triple-antenna architecture, designed for users who need robust and seamless connectivity to cellular and Wi-Fi networks to fully harness the power of the mobile Internet no matter where they are in the world.
Engineered With Consumer Security In Mind
The P9 and P9 Plus also protect users’ privacy and information security with Huawei’s world-leading biometric fingerprint recognition technology.
The enhanced fingerprint sensor allows users to personalize and safeguard their devices by significantly lowering the possibility of fraudulent or accidental device access while also ensuring users can quickly and securely access their smartphone.
About Huawei Consumer BG
Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2015.
Sixteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, Wearables and cloud services, etc.
Huawei’s global network is built on 20 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.
The China-based manufacturer currently makes smartphones, tablets, smart watches, and fitness bands, apart from, of course, telecommunications equipment.