Google has announced that its high-end VR platform Daydream, apart from the Pixel and Moto Z smartphones, is now supported by ZTE Axon 7, ASUS ZenFone AR, and also Huawei’s new devices — Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Mate 9 Porsche Design. Next we await the appearance of analogues from Samsung, LG, HTC, Xiaomi and Alcatel.
ZTE has made a loud announcement of the support of Daydream by its flagman back in 2016, ASUS made it on the 3rd of January while adding 8 GB of RAM and the support of the Tango augmented reality to the list of the smartphone’s pros. That’s why the new devices in our list are only from Huawei. Their main feature is the processor: all other smartphones use Snapdragon 820 and 821 chips, and only HiSilicon Kirin 960 from Huawei could break this monopoly.
Main characteristic of Huawei Mate 9 Pro:
- AMOLED-display with 5,5 inch screen
- 1440×2560 (534 ppi)
- HiSilicon Kirin 960, 8-core (4×2,4 ГГц Cortex-A73, 4×1,8 ГГц Cortex-A53, Mali-G71 MP8 graphics)
- double main camera, 20 MP + 12 MP, f/2,2, OIS, 2x optical zoom, Leica optics, phase and laser focus, double two-color flash
- Android 7.0 (Nougat)
- unremovable 4000 mA*h Li-Po battery
Huawei is also working on a branded headgear (first picture), which could become a competitor to Daydream View, if it wasn’t a part of the development of the Google‘s platform. Traditionally, software platform is much more important for Google than devices. The headgear has adjustable focus distance, because of which it can be used by sight-impaired people. FOV is 95 degrees. The prices of the smartphone and the headgear are unknown.