You probably didn’t pay much attention to ZTE’s secondary announcement of a basic VR headset with Daydream support alongside the exquisite-looking new Axon 7 phone yesterday, but it turns out that might well have been the absolute highlight of the company’s Beijing event.

It’s a pretty big deal that the ZTE Axon 7 and its head-strapped partner will be fully compatible with Daydream virtual reality experiences, presumably once the former gets updated to Android N, because according to Clay Bavor, “there will most likely not be any retroactively Daydream-ready phones.”

That’s to say even hugely popular recent flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 or Google’s own Nexus 6P may not be deemed competent enough for “high-quality” immersive adventures in a parallel universe.

Bavor, the search giant’s VR commander-in-chief and an ex-leader of product management and design teams for Gmail, Google Drive and Docs, stresses Mountain View’s wish to “hold a very high quality bar”, for which “the components need to be just right.”

As such, you probably want to “hold off for a few months to get your next phone… and get a Daydream-ready phone.” In addition to ZTE, Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, Asus, and Alcatel have all committed to Google’s incredibly high VR standards, working on handhelds with perfectly calibrated sensors, high-res, high-density screens, Android N integration (duh), and powerful, efficient processors (Snapdragon 830?).

That’s certainly bad news for folks that recently purchased premium Android devices, though if the Snapdragon 820 Axon 7 can feature Daydream capabilities, we don’t see why the GS7, LG G5 or HTC 10 wouldn’t.

Source: Road To VR

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