Samsung and makers of the Oculus Rift have been known to be working in unison for the development of the head mounted wearable. And a new teardown of the Oculus Rift from the iFixit team has revealed that the device actually uses the exact same front panel as the Galaxy Note 3 from last year. Surprisingly, the panel even has the earpiece grille and front camera slot meant for the smartphone. The teardown was performed on the second generation Oculus Rift dev-kit.
As the folks at iFixit suggest, using these panels makes economic sense for the makers of Oculus Rift as they are only expected to ship around 45,000 units of the second generation dev kit. So it wouldn’t be feasible for Samsung or Oculus to make displays specifically for the device. To ensure that the customers don’t get a gist of this, the Samsung logo as well as other bezel space is completely covered. So if you were to get the dev kit today, there’s no way to tell if it is using a Samsung display panel. Once the Oculus Rift becomes a mainstream product, we can expect it to have its very own custom made display, but for the time being, this arrangement will have to continue.
Via: Cult of Android