Possibly, as early as next month, alongside the circular Gear S2 Tizen smartwatch, at the IFA trade show in Berlin.
Although the two anticipated headliners of Samsung’s latest Unpacked ceremony made their respective glitzy appearances and even went up for US pre-orders hours after breaking cover, we can’t help but feel a little let down by the event.
Where’s the curved tablet that seemed to accompany the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ handhelds on promotional materials released recently? The Gear A, aka Orbis, aka Gear S2 round wearable? How about a third-gen Gear VR?
While there was no mention whatsoever of another premium Tab S (or maybe a road-opening Tab Edge), on stage or following the festivities, the Gear S2 and refreshed Gear VR were tackled, albeit the latter mostly in passing.
According to Samsung co-CEO and President JK Shin, a new stab at a mobile virtual reality device will materialize “soon”, with the exact launch date kept under wraps as “a surprise” for early adopters of the futuristic technology.
It’s safe to presume the revamped head-mounted display is designed to support primarily the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+, though we’ve been waiting for a while now on a VR contraption with more extensive compatibility.
Here’s a crazy idea – what if the Gear VR were to sync to lower-end, budget-conscious Galaxy phones, like perhaps the A or E lineups? Told you it was crazy, but potentially game-changing.
Right now, the two existing Gear VR generations aren’t overly pricey, at $200 a pop, but of course, they need a Galaxy Note 4 or S6/S6 Edge to work. And those three gizmos cost a pretty penny.
It’ll be interesting to see if Sammy continues to rely on Oculus for production aid, or if the smartphone kings are ready to do their thing from scratch. Keep in touch.