Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Richard Yu, Director at Huawei, confirmed that the company will launch a VR-compatible smartphone in autumn this year. "We want to be the number-one smartphone maker in the world. It's a long-distance race, and we have the patience. Our growth is mainly coming from the high-end premium segment. If you want to be the leading vendor you have to lead in the high-end," he told WSJ.
Finally! ARM's new chip to enable VR content in smartphones
During it's I/O Conference in Mountain View, California last month, Google announced that Daydream VR will run on Android phones featuring a list of specifications as well as the Android N operating system. Google has already certified its flagship smartphone, the Nexus 6P, as the first phone to support Daydream, but the company has announced that phone makers like Samsung, HTC, LG, ASUS, Huawei, Xiaomi, ZTE and Alcatel will manufacture phones later this year which will be capable of supporting Daydream VR.
A few days ago, chip-maker ARM unveiled its latest Cortex-A73 processor and Mali G71 GPU which will enable smartphones to run VR and augmented reality content. "While the smartphone market is slowing, there's no slowdown in innovation and customer demand for new features. Our goal is to redefine VR and AR experiences on Android," said John Ronco, senior VP of product marketing at ARM to V3. If premium phone makers adopt the new chip for their smartphones, it is possible that a large number of VR-capable smartphones will vie for attention either later this year or by next year.
Google's Daydream VR: All you need to know
"We’re pleased to have been working with Google to ensure our range of Mali GPUs, video and display processors are able to deliver the ultimate mobile VR experience on Daydream. In addition, ARM has been working closely with a number of our leading silicon partners, enabling them to ship their first wave of Daydream-ready devices," said a company spokesperson. We wonder if Huawei's first VR-capable smartphone is among those phone which will feature ARM chips and GPUs designed specifically to support Daydream VR.
In other news, Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO at Huawei, has said that the company aims to earn annual revenues of up to $150 billion by 2020 which matches with the company's dream of becoming the largest seller of premium smartphone in the world in the coming years. The company will invest as much as 10 per cent of its annual sales on research and development.