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Huawei’s Gear VR Lookalike Is Too Close to Comfort

The Gear VR is officially a hit among VR enthusiast. Naturally, everyone wants a piece of the pie, and it looks like Huawei is among the tech companies that will make a VR headset to compete with the Gear VR after LG.

LG introduced the LG 360 VR for the LG G5 and today, Huawei unveiled its own virtual reality headset. But what struck me the most is the resemblance it had with the Gear VR. If not for the Huawei logo, I would have mistaken it for the headset from Samsung.

This Huawei VR was launched alongside the P9, the latest flagship from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer and will compete with the Gear VR. This headset has a trackpad to the side which will help you in navigating the user interface when the phone is locked inside the headset. You will not be able to use glasses with the headset, but Huawei has mentioned that the adjustable lenses can compensate for sight difference of upto -7. Additionally, the blue light filtration feature is added to make the eyes comfortable when used for an elongated period.

“At launch, Huawei VR will offer over 4,000 free movies (presumably only a fraction of these are VR videos) and over 40 free games, along with over 350 panoramic images and over 150 panoramic tours. It’s obviously still early days as Huawei skipped the price and date, so we’ll just have to keep an eye out for a future announcement.” Huawei mentioned at its launch event.

But it looks like Huawei is a little late to the party as the virtual reality market is flooded with headsets from major tech companies such as oculus rift, PlayStation VR, HTC vive. The popularity of this Huawei VR depends on the content as well as developers whose trust Huawei has to earn.