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Report: Samsung Galaxy O could be VR-centric smartphone designed with Oculus Rift

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Report: Samsung Galaxy O could be VR-centric smartphone designed with Oculus Rift
The other day, we told you about a new rumor coming from inside Samsung. The speculation is that Samsung is going to be kicking off a whole new smartphone line called the Samsung Galaxy O. Today, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said that this new line could be based on a collaboration between Samsung and Oculus Rift. Samsung Galaxy O handsets would thus be centered on virtual reality.

Oculus is holding its Connect2 event in Hollywood from September 23rd through the 25th. Munster believes that the Galaxy O could be unveiled during this time period. The analyst added that if a new VR-centric smartphone is not in the works, we could see Oculus and Samsung introduce a stand-alone VR headset.

Munster says that there are advantages to a stand-alone VR headset. Such a device can feature a unique GPU that could offer better graphics than what a smartphone could offer. Additionally, a VR headset would most likely feature a higher resolution display. If Samsung and Oculus do announce a new VR headset, pre-orders will be accepted in time for the product to be available for the holidays.

"We believe Oculus in combination with Samsung could either launch a new phone series for VR as they are rumored to be releasing the “O Series” or, alternatively (but unlikely), it could be an all in one wireless VR headset. Potential advantages for stepping away from phones to an all in one headset are: custom screens with higher resolution, custom GPU and custom optics."-Gene Munster, analyst, Piper Jaffray

source: Barron's via GforGames

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posted on 19 Aug 2015, 14:51 5

1. rd_nest (Posts: 1588; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


I am *officially* interested.

Bring it on!!

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 15:20 1

2. bodzio1809 (Posts: 356; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Finally good use of too big resolution. I want full hd back in normal smartphones up to 6'.

Battery life+performance > a little sharper screen.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 16:08

5. vincelongman (Posts: 4081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I hope they give us options for resolution and refresh rate, like on PCs
e.g.
1440p (or higher) + 120 Hz for VR
1080p + 60 Hz for normal usage

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 16:23

6. bodzio1809 (Posts: 356; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Don't count on it. You can do it probably by root and mods. This is standalone VR device. That's why it should have very big resolution etc.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 17:05

7. vincelongman (Posts: 4081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Why not?
I believe Nvidia already offer it their Shield devices

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 02:24

10. bodzio1809 (Posts: 356; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


I think that Samsung won't do it. Let's wait and see :-)

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 15:51

4. olatgf (Posts: 37; Member since: 02 May 2015)


Bring the Os on Sammy.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 19:24 1

8. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Now a line of phones that is designed for VR, that sounds pretty good.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 23:56 1

9. sssbeesss (Posts: 16; Member since: 04 May 2014)


Ok Samsung I hope you redeem yourself after what you did with the Galaxy Note.

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 05:57 1

11. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 448; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


VERY interesting, was hoping for a 4k screen in the Note 5 to improve the Gear VR, but got disappointed ther as well as all other areas.

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 13:59

12. bkydcmpr (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)


samsung, now you are drawing my attension again.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 13:44

13. FindMyPhone (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Jun 2015)


Oculus Rift - Is amazing and will make playing interative games more realistic than ever before.

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