The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was a treat for tech enthusiasts, as different companies showed off some of their upcoming and anticipated devices. Facebook also made an appearance, revealing some interesting details on a previously announced virtual reality (VR) headset.
Facebook VR VP Hugo Barra appeared at the Qualcomm press conference at the CES 2018 event, confirming that the Oculus GO standalone headset will run using the Snapdragon 821 processor. The more interesting revelation from Barra, however, is that Xiaomi will be in charge of the device's hardware, XDA reported.
"We're working with Xiaomi as our hardware partner for the global launch of Oculus Go and are also jointly announcing Mi VR Standalone — a VR headset based on Oculus technology exclusively for the Chinese market," confirmed the Oculus team. Barra is someone who is familiar with Xiaomi, as he was previously connected with the Chinese tech company, The Verge noted. He left the company in 2017 after three fruitful years to join Facebook.
Moreover, Oculus said in a statement that they decided to work with Qualcomm "to deliver the highest possible level of performance to meet the high computing demands of the standalone VR product category." In addition, the Mi VR Standalone will also showcase the same core hardware features and design as Oculus Go, on top of supporting the Oculus Mobile SDK. This will allow existing Oculus developers to take their content using the new platform in China, Oculus added in the statement.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi is reportedly slated to announce the Redmi Note 5 sometime during the second quarter of the year. Chinese website MyDrivers said that the company is already testing the smartphone internally and that it is currently experiencing some delays in the production of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset.
The Snapdragon 632, however, seemed to be a step backward for some observers. The chipset clocks in at a lower speed and GPU as the Snapdragon 636, which was initially announced to be the chipset of the Redmi Note 5.