Information leaks within the mobile phone industry are fairly common and Samsung seems to be continuing that tradition in the build up to its Unpacked event tomorrow on 3rd September. The event, which takes place across Beijing, New York and Berlin ahead of the start of IFA 2014 at the latter, is expected to host the reveal of the much-rumoured GearVR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Now a new leak has provided potential details about the GearVR compatible smartphone to be revealed alongside the device, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
A new image supposedly taken by toranji.ir, as seen below, seems to reveal an advert for the smartphone, noting ‘QHD’. It’s more than likely that, if this is all legitimate, ‘QHD’ refers to a Quad HD display, with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. This could mean that , with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 filling in as a display, the GearVR will be able to display VR experiences in 2.5K, beating out both the Oculus Rift VR HMD’s second development (DK2) and Project Morpheus VR HMD’s 1080p resolutions.
Of course, the potential implications of this rumour are significant. It’s rumoured that Oculus VR itself has provided Samsung with early access to its mobile software development kit (SDK) in exchange for access to its display panels. This can already be seen with the Oculus Rift DK2, which uses the same 1080p OLED panel that can be found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. If true, this could well mean that later versions of the Oculus Rift incorporate this improved display.
That would also bring the Oculus Rift up to par with the 2.5K screen found in the latest prototype of GameFace Lab’s GameFace mobile VR HMD, which runs on the Android operating system (OS).
This is of course all dependent on these rumours all proving true during tomorrow’s event. Samsung Unpacked is set to take place at 15:00 CEST and is also due to be live streamed. VRFocus will be bringing you all the latest from the event as it happens.