While Samsung hasn’t said anything about a standalone Gear VR that would work with a built-in display instead of requiring a smartphone’s screen, the company has certainly been very active in making AMOLED displays for virtual reality. At the SID 2018 exhibition last week, Samsung unveiled its most pixel-dense VR display yet: a 2.43-inch panel with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, which amounts to a pixel density of 1200 PPI.
Standalone Gear VR headset in the works?
Samsung had three different panels on display (pun unintended) at the show. The other two were 3.5-inch and 3.2-inch panels with 1440×1600 and 1824×1824 resolution, equating to pixel densities of 616 PPI and 806 PPI. Seeing those panels up there makes us wonder if Samsung is working on standalone virtual reality headsets across different price ranges. It’s just speculation on our part, and the company could simply be showing off its display technology as display makers are wont to do, but Gear VR (or Galaxy VR, as Gear-branded devices are expected to be dependent on a smartphone or tablet) headsets with different specs and prices would be a nice way to get things going for its standalone headset.
But, again, this could just be Samsung showcasing its advances in VR displays, though the 1200 PPI panel seems to have reached that density by reducing the display size while increasing the resolution. That makes it less impressive than the 4.3-inch VR OLED display that LG has introduced with a pixel density of 1443 PPI, which was also showcased at the same event.