Samsung XR headset ‘Infinite’ will arrive in second half of 2024, a few months after Apple Vision Pro: Report

Samsung is believed to be working on an Extended Reality (XR) headset to compete with companies like Apple and Meta in this segment. The South Korean technology conglomerate said earlier this year that it was collaborating with Google and Qualcomm to develop wearable devices. Now, a new report says that Samsung’s XR headset could arrive in late 2024. Keep in mind that Apple’s mixed reality headset, the Vision Pro, is expected to go on sale early next year. Thus the Samsung XR headset may arrive a few months later than its rival.

according to a report From 9to5Google (via JoongAng), Samsung is planning to unveil its XR headset, codenamed “Infinite,” in the second half of 2024. The original report said Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Experience (MX) division is targeting headset production in December next year.

The product will reportedly be announced at an Unpacked event in the second half of 2024. This could align with the timeline of the 2024 Unpacked event where Samsung will launch its next generation of foldable phones. The Galaxy S24 series, on the other hand, is likely to debut at the Galaxy Unpacked event in January 2024. According to the report, the company is initially planning to ship 30,000 units of the XR headset. Samsung Display will reportedly develop OLEDoS (OLED on Silicon) displays for the headset.

In February, Samsung revealed that it was collaborating with Google and Qualcomm to develop a new extended reality (XR) headset. The company said its headset will run on a custom Qualcomm chipset and Google’s latest Wear OS. Samsung has not yet revealed any other information about its upcoming headset.

At that time, a report The Washington Post claimed that Samsung’s XR headset project would also include a services partnership with Meta and Microsoft – a tech alliance of sorts against Apple.

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The Apple Vision Pro was unveiled earlier this year
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The iPhone maker took the wraps off the Vision Pro at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The mixed reality headset is packed with impressive technology and features, including dual micro OLED displays, eye tracking, infrared cameras, and a sophisticated sensor array, including LiDAR scanners and TrueDepth cameras. The headset will run on Apple’s M2 chip as well as a new chip called R1. The price of Apple’s premium headset has also been fixed at $3,499 (approximately Rs 2,88,700). To compare, Meta’s latest Quest 3 headset starts at $499.99 (roughly Rs. 41,500).

Meta Quest 3 was announced earlier this year in June. Meta, an early entrant into the headset market, revealed more details about the Quest 3 at its Meta Connect 2023 annual conference in September, with pre-orders going live. The Meta Quest 3 runs on the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 platform and comes with a 4K+ (2,064 x 2,208 pixels per eye) Infinite Display.

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