New Samsung Gear VR appears to be in the works - presumably for the Galaxy Note 7


Samsung sure seems to think there's a bright future for mobile-based VR, as evidenced by the big investment the company's made in its own Gear VR headset. After producing a couple early Innovator Edition models with limited device compatibility, the company ultimately launched the final Gear VR Consumer Edition, working with all Samsung's big flagship handsets since. But would that run continue, or could critical changes to Samsung's phone design (like going with USB Type-C for the Galaxy Note 7) require the release of a revamped Gear VR to match? That very well may be the route we're headed down, as evidence emerges for a new Gear VR headset in the works.

Existing Gear VR headsets have have arrived with model numbers of the form SM-R32x, with the most recent, the Gear VR Consumer Edition, landing as SM-R322.

But just a couple days back, India's import/export database registered Samsung importing some new test hardware to the nation, with the model number SM-R323.

One of the database entries even identifies SM-R323 as the Gear VR by name, and as we've yet to see any existing version of the handset pick up this model number, it's not a huge jump to assume we might be looking at a new Gear VR for the Galaxy Note 7.

Beyond offering compatibility with Samsung's next wave of smartphones, we're not yet sure what other improvements might be coming to this new Gear VR. One import listing mentions Bluetooth connectivity, but we don't yet know what functionality that might be tied to – could it be related to use with wireless controllers, or something else altogether? If it does launch alongside the Note 7, we could be finding out in just about one month.

source: Zauba
Via: SamMobile

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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12 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

My gear vr always seems slightly out of focus... Hope the next iteration is better.

2. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

In a decade or two, this ads about wearing out cellphone like sunglasses will become top 10 funny ideas.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Decade? I give it three years.... tops! :D

4. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

It's a trend that's starting, not ending. Yes, it will look more like glasses and less like a helmet. But a phone on your head is probably where we're going over the next ten years.

6. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

If it's not on your head how will you have neural sensors for control? I think funny in ten years will be looking down at a device constantly. It's more likely to be in front of your eye, on your eye, or maybe in your eye.

5. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

And the days crawl....

7. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The VR gets my phone very hot easily . Galaxy S7 with Heatdragon on board.

8. ReadersDB

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

I hope that they will lower down the price of their VR. The price is almost at the same range of their old phones.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just wait for some deals.. u'll get free VR for buying note7

11. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Hoping for bigger fov, and better compatibility, with other stuff, allow pass-through of USB, so it can be connected directly to computer and such, letting computer drive stuff for "low/mid" end VR.

12. JayBEE

Posts: 179; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

I'm hoping we get one free for purchasing the Note 7

13. jasrockett

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Bluetooth for proximity censor maybe. Please yes. Head tracking on the HTC is in another league. Bring it on, quick

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