Oculus Rift DK2 teardown reveals Samsung phablet display

We don't remember leaving that phablet in there.


Taylor Hatmaker


Published Jul 31, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 8:42 pm CDT

Not quite a smartphone yet too small to be a tablet, a phablet is often an awkward fit. But in its new DK2 virtual reality headset, VR pioneer Oculus quietly put the cartoonishly large phones to good use.

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In a teardown, gadget dissection pros iFixit revealed that there’s a 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 lurking within each new Oculus Rift DK2 headset.

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Wait, what?

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While amazingly random, it’s not surprising that Oculus turned to existing devices for the Rift’s display technology. The DK2 kit is still being manufactured in small batches, though we image the company can spring for custom displays with Facebook’s wind in its sails. Still, there can’t be anything quite like popping open the hood of the cutting edge headset ushering in a VR revolution only to find a phablet looking you in the face.

H/T iFixit | Photo via Sergey Galyonkin/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jul 31, 2014, 4:18 pm CDT