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With VR On The Rise, Next Huawei Smartphone Will Rock 2K Display

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QHD was made for VR.

Under normal applications on a normal-use smartphone, QHD is overkill.

But if a smartphone was also to serve as the display to a mobile VR headset, then VR requires no less than QHD.

In the past, Huawei's CEO of Consumer Business Group Richard Yu espoused the same belief. He didn't believe putting a QHD display on a smartphone made any sense.

Not only can we not distinguish between the resolutions of a typical HD (1,080 x 1,920) display versus a QHD (1,440 x 2,560) screen with our own eyeballs, but battery life would suffer as a result on our smartphones, too.

Yu held that opinion almost two years ago, but that was before the release of Facebook's Oculus Rift and HTC's Vive, and the mass distribution of Samsung's Gear VR and Google Cardboard headsets around the world.

Now, Yu is saying QHD on a smartphone makes both sense and cents.

"Last year I would certainly not buy a 2K device as the power consumption was high and the difference to my eyes non-existent. But now I have changed my mind and my next phone will be 2K as I like VR!" Yu said.

That being said, it would be safe to assume that sometime in the future Huawei will indeed manufacture a device equipped with a QHD display, if not for virtual reality alone. If Yu likes virtual reality, then Huawei's next flagship will certainly be packing a QHD screen.

Beyond his exclamations, however, Huawei's CEO revealed no further information regarding when a QHD Huawei device is coming, or what device it will be.

What we do know right now, at least, is that there are no standalone Huawei devices that pack a QHD screen. They all top out at a 1,080 x 1,920 resolution. The Huawei-built Nexus 6P for Google does, however, ship with a QHD 1,440 x 2,560 resolution display.

Unfortunately, neither Huawei nor Google have shipped a VR-ready headset to pair with the device that would allow for a VR-like experience just like Samsung's Gear VR (which works with its latest lineup of flagship smartphones).

The good news though is that Huawei did say it is planning on creating a VR headset of its own. Huawei VR is going to be in the style of Samsung's Gear VR, where Huawei would require the use of its own smartphones.

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