The Gear VR Utilizes Galaxy Note 4’s Awesome Specs, Goes Up For Sale For $249
Samsung recently launched its powerful virtual reality headset at IFA. The headset, called Samsung Gear VR, works along with company’s most anticipated device of this year — the mighty Galaxy Note 4. The introduction of Gear VR takes Samsung into the virtual reality domain where Google is already working with its Glass project, and Facebook with Oculus.
The Gear VR uses Galaxy Note 4’s powerful processor and battery to provide the VR experience. There is a cover in the headset like a visor which can be removed to put the Note 4 inside it. Once the Note 4 has been plugged into the headset, users can wear it to enjoy the Note 4’s 2K display.
Is Note 4 powerful enough to provide smooth VR experience? Yes, it is. The beast comes in variations according to specs. It will be available with 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor or 1.9 GHz Octa-Core. Along with many interesting features like fingerprint scanner, UV sensor, and S-pen, the phone features a powerful 3,220 mAh battery which can be charged from zero to 50 percent in 30 minutes. It has Super AMOLED display supporting up to 1440 x 2560 pixels on a 5.7-inch screen with 515 ppi.
The headset however doesn’t provide a super HD experience as it splits the resolution of Note 4 into two. After splitting, each part is displayed right in front of the eye.
The users can keep their expectations high. Gear VR can work wirelessly and provide high frame rate up to 60 fps at the same time. Samsung has included sensors like accelerator, proximity sensor, and gyroscope, while still keeping the size of the headset small.
The South Korean electronics giant is working in collaboration with Oculus to give users access to VR content. The users will be able to access to concerts, 360-degree tours of cities, and other content available at Oculus’ VR store.
“The Samsung Gear VR goes far beyond expectations of how mobile technology can be used to consume content, and is a powerful representation of the progressive innovation of the Gear series. We are pleased to have partnered with Oculus VR to bring this incredibly immersive mobile content experience to consumers,” said JK Shin, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung.
The Korean company worked out deals with Marvel, DreamWorks, and Legendary Pictures to provide content for their headset. As a result of the deals, the Gear VR will provide special content to its users such as a tour of Tony Stark’s Lab.
The headset has gone up for pre-order via a third-party retailer, MobileFun. Although its availability is unknown, the price has been revealed which shows that the Gear VR will cost $249.