NEW YORK — Consumers may not have to wait much longer for Samsung’s next virtual-reality device.
When Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge earlier this year, the company also announced the Gear VR headset for these smartphones. While the same did not happen at the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ launch event, Samsung is expected to reveal the next Gear VR headset soon.
JK Shin, Samsung co-CEO and the head of the company’s mobile business, told CNET on Thursday that the next Gear VR will hit the market “soon” but said the precise launch date is “a surprise.” Samsung has tended to introduce new versions of its Gear VR headset when it launches new flagship phones, but it didn’t say anything about virtual reality during Thursday’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+launch in New York.
Traditionally, Samsung unveils its new Gear VR headset along with the new smartphones. However, this time around, at its Unpackedevent held in New York City on Thursday, Aug. 13, the South Korean company only announced the much awaited Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphones.
The first generation of Gear VR headset was created in collaboration with Facebook’s Oculus and it was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4. While the second generation headset was tailored to work with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the latest version is expected to work with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+.
Instead of talking about VR on Thursday, Samsung spent its 45-minute keynote showing off its new jumbo smartphones, as well as teasing its next smartwatch, the round Gear S2. Samsung plans to introduce the smartwatch S2 on September 3 at the IFA electronics show in Berlin. It could also use the venue as the place to show off its next Gear VR, though Shin declined to comment.
The previous two versions of Gear VR headsets were priced at $199.99 (approximately Rs 13,000), and the new headset is expected to be sold in the same price bracket.