Traditionally speaking, South Koren electronics giant Samsung follows a predictable path for its product reveals and releases. For the past few years the company has held two ‘Unpacked’ press conferences about 6 months apart. The first comes during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in March while the second follows at IFA in Berlin in September. March 2015’s event came and went as per usual, but it appears the company is changing things up a bit for its second event, which has been confirmed to take place next month in a different city.
As Cnet reports, the next Samsung Unpacked show will occur on 13th August 2015 at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Why is VRFocus reporting on this? Because the company is expected to announce its latest enlarged smartphone, the Galaxy Note 5, at the event. The handset is assumed to be the first that will support the confirmed but as-of-yet unannounced consumer version of Samsung and Oculus VR’s Gear VR mobile head-mounted display (HMD). Of course, this also means that the debut of the new kit could well take place in the same event.
VR fans will recall that the first Gear VR, dubbed the ‘Innovator Edition’, made its first appearance at the September 2014 Unpacked event in Berlin and ran with the Galaxy Note 4. That device was then succeeded by the Gear VR for S6, which ran with the Galaxy S6 flagship handset, and was announced back in March 2015. Rumours about specs for the Galaxy Note 5 suggest that the phone will boast a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and will be the first device to use an Exynos 7422 processor. The result should be a more powerful phone capable of running better VR experiences. At least that’s what many will hope.
Of course, nothing’s confirmed for the show, although Oculus VR has said that the consumer Gear VR will be released this year. If it’s not here then where else? VRFocus will continue to follow the Gear VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.