Details of Samsung's stand-alone VR headset prototype are made public
Details about the prototype of a possible stand-alone VR headset made by Samsung were released earlier this week by one of the company's providing technology for the device, Visual Camp. The headset is branded with the name Samsung ExynosVR III. This would indicate that the manufacturer has been working on this device for long enough as to warrant an ExynosVR 1 and an Exynos VR II. Features are said to include voice and facial expression recognition.Visual Camp's eye tracking technology allows the headset to know what area your eyes are focused on. While it keeps that region sharp, resolution of other areas is lowered. This is done to keep the ExynosVR III from draining the batteries too quickly.
So what it driving this stand-alone VR headset? Inside the device is a hexa-core powered CPU built using the 10nm process, giving it power and energy efficiency. The processor includes a pair of Samsung M2 CPU cores running at a clock speed of 2.5GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.7GHz. The Mali G71 GPU is also on board. Dual WQHD+ displays carry a refresh rate at 90Hz, or one 4K display at a rate of 75Hz.
Like the HTC Vive, the ExynosVR III does not require a phone to be docked to it to provide the processing power and the display. This, as we said before, is a stand-alone system that will have the capabilities to do things that you wouldn't be able to coax out of the handset dependent Samsung Gear VR.
Unknown right now is when the device will be available, where it will be offered, and how much it will cost. We would imagine that Sammy would love to get this out in time for the 2017 holiday shopping season, but that might be too much to ask at this point in time.
source: VisualCamp via Liliputing