VR is widely viewed as the 'next big thing' and everybody wants their piece of the pie. Chinese manufacturer Huawei is no exception and at an event in Beijing the company has announced the release of a clip-on 360-degree camera for smartphones. It will be developed by Insta360 and marketed under Huawei's sub-brand as the Honor VR Camera.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Huawei to grow the global community of 360-degree and VR creators,” said JK Liu, founder and CEO of Insta360. “Like us, Huawei is committed to reinventing photography, and they believe in our products as the best way to introduce users to the future of the camera.”

Technical specifications are scarce at the moment but we know the camera offers 3K photography and seamless livestreaming. As part of the partnership, Insta360 also developed an app for capturing, sharing and livestreaming 360-degree content.

Looking at the specs and images it is fair to assume the Honor VR camera will be based on the brand new Insta360 Air for Android camera, which comes with an F2.4 aperture, 3008 x 1504 photo resolution and 2560 x 1280 video at 30 frames per seconds. Like the Honor VR it connects to Android smartphones via a USB micro or Type-C connector. We have just received an Insta360 Air, so look out for a review soon. The Huawei VR should be available 'soon,' we expect to hear more detail at Mobile World Congress which starts on Sunday. 

Ming Zhao, president of Honor Huawei Business Unit, holds up an Honor VR Camera.