Qualcomm Unveils New Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 Chip and Reference Headset
In an exciting development for the tech world, Qualcomm has recently announced the launch of its new Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 chip and accompanying reference headset. This development marks a significant milestone in the quest for improved mixed reality experiences.
One of the most noteworthy aspects of this news is Samsung’s potential utilization of the new chip in its upcoming mixed reality headset. The Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 reference headset serves as a blueprint for companies like Samsung to develop their own devices. Samsung’s headset is expected to bear a striking resemblance to the reference model, in terms of both form factor and camera stack.
Among the standout features of the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 reference headset are its eye-tracking capabilities provided by Tobii, impressive 18.5MP per-eye resolution at a smooth 90Hz refresh rate, a robust camera setup comprising 12 concurrent cameras, high-quality pancake lenses, and important customization options such as hardware IPD adjustment. Moreover, the reference headset boasts additional features such as a microphone array, a 3.5mm headphone port, and support for Wi-Fi 6/6E/7 technology.
While details about Samsung’s specific headset remain murky, it is expected to feature a display resolution ranging between 2K and 3K per eye, indicating a significant visual upgrade without reaching the 4K threshold. The choice between LCD or OLED display technology also remains uncertain at this stage.
Another point of interest is the lenses in Samsung’s headset, which are likely to be pancake lenses. However, the quality of these lenses may vary, similar to the distinction between the Oculus Quest 3 and HTC Vive XR Elite.
Industry experts speculate that Samsung’s upcoming mixed reality headset will primarily compete with Meta’s popular Quest rather than Apple’s Vision Pro, as it shares similarities with Qualcomm’s gesture-based input method, resembling the technology employed by the Vision Pro.
Tech enthusiasts around the world eagerly await further updates from Samsung regarding its mixed reality headset. With Qualcomm’s cutting-edge Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 chip powering the device, the stage is set for an immersive and revolutionary mixed reality experience that could reshape the way we perceive technology.
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