February 21, 2024

A 12 months after Qualcomm, Samsung, and Google introduced, uh, one thing VR-related, one potential part of the mission is coming into focus: the Snapdragon XR2 Plus Gen 2. The brand new chipset is designed as a step up from the XR2 Gen 2 within the Meta Quest 3, able to rendering high-resolution visuals like those promised by Apple’s Imaginative and prescient Professional.

The XR2 Plus Gen 2 helps 4.3K decision at 90fps per eye, which is a minimize above the XR2 Gen 2’s 3K-per-eye rendering. It additionally helps 12 concurrent cameras to deal with passthrough video in addition to physique and face monitoring. Qualcomm says that the brand new chipset presents a 15 p.c improve in GPU frequency in comparison with the usual XR2 Gen 2 and 20 p.c higher CPU frequency — all in service of “spatial computing in 4K.”

Larger-res visuals are the important thing differentiator between this chipset and the usual XR2 Gen 2.
Picture: Qualcomm

Qualcomm is providing an AR and VR reference design to assist OEMs fast-track manufacturing and says it’s working with at the very least 5 {hardware} makers, together with HTC. The corporate additionally highlights its aforementioned partnership with Samsung and Google prominently as a part of this announcement — however concrete availability particulars are nonetheless scarce. Google has confronted some inside turmoil on its AR workforce, and experiences counsel that Samsung has skilled delays on the {hardware} facet, too. In the meantime, Apple is perhaps just some weeks away from launching the Imaginative and prescient Professional.

We could not have to attend lengthy to search out out a little extra about what’s coming from Samsung, Google, and Qualcomm — Samsung is internet hosting Unpacked in San Jose simply a few weeks from now. What higher place to preview a Imaginative and prescient Professional competitor than down the road from Cupertino?

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