Anyone that follows the smartphone industry is likely well aware of Samsung’s bi-annual release cycle. For the past few years the company has hosted two major press conferences six months apart from each other. The first of these takes place at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona, Spain around March, while the second is usually hosted at IFA in Berlin, Germany. That second event is fast approaching, then, and could hold some big news for fans of the company’s mobile head-mounted display (HMD), the Gear VR.
The initial Gear VR was revealed at last year’s event and supported the Galaxy Note 4 enlarged smartphone. According to Sammobile the handset’s successor, the Galaxy Note 5, is expected to be revealed at this year’s show. It’s expected that the new phone will also support a fully consumer-focused Gear VR that co-creator Oculus VR has confirmed is coming this year. According to the site, this isn’t the only phone set for a debut at the event; Samsung will reportedly also announced the Galaxy S6 edge Plus, a larger edition of the Gear VR compatible S6 edge.
Both handsets are expected to feature 5.76-inch Super AMOLED displays, boasting a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The Galaxy Note 5 is reportedly codenamed Project Noble internally, and is said to be the first Samsung handset to feature an Exynos 7422 processor. It will apparently combine a 64-bit octa-core CPU, GPU, RAM, storage and more and uses a flat display. It’s important to note that this resolution is the same as last year’s model, though Samsung could be looking to improve on its predecessor’s performance, which would be a major boost for VR experiences.
Featuring a curved screen, the Galaxy S6 edge Plus is apparently codenamed Project Zen and utilises a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor with 32GB of internal storage space. It’s not clear if Samsung has any intentions of making this enlarged handset compatible with any model of the Gear VR at this point in time. Take note that Sammobile hasn’t provided any information on its sources with this information.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Gear VR closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.