For almost a year now South Korean electronics giant Samsung has been leading the charge for mobile virtual reality (VR) technology with its partner, Oculus VR. Back in December 2014 the pair released an Innovator’s Edition of Gear VR, a new head-mounted display (HMD) that ran using the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. This enlarged phone served as both a display and processor for VR experiences, and was placed in front of a pair of lenses within the Gear VR itself. Today, Samsung has revealed the successor to the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note 5.
The phone was announced at the company’s Unpacked press conference today in New York City, New York. This time around, Samsung aimed to keep the kit’s bigger display but with a smaller overall design than previous models. A newly designed S-Pen also features, with a more precise functionality that can even be used on the lock screen. It’s not yet confirmed, but the Galaxy Note 5 is largely thought to be the handset that will support the upcoming full consumer version of the Gear VR, which Oculus VR has promised will be released later on this year. Gear VR has, however, so far been absent from the Unpacked event.
At the same time, Samsung has also revealed the Galaxy S6 Edge+, an enlarged take on the Gear VR-compatible Galaxy S6 Edge that was released earlier this year. As the name suggests, the phone features a curved screen. Again, it’s not yet confirmed if this phone will feature any kind of Gear VR compatibility. Both phones can, however, shoot in a 4K resolution and boast 4GB of RAM. Both are releasing in the US and Canada on August 21st. US pre-orders will be starting today at 15:00 ET.
VRFocus will continue to follow Samsung’s work in VR, reporting back with the latest updates on it.