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MWC 2017: New Samsung Gear VR Headset with Controller Unveiled

Samsung unveiled a new Gear VR headset at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona. The company, during a press conference, took the wraps off its first Oculus-powered Gear VR headset with the controller. Samsung will likely expand to new horizons with its Gear VR in addition to offering users a way to leverage VR content consumption. The new Gear VR headset measures 207.8 x 122.5 x 98.6mm and weighs 345 g, which seems a bit heavier. It is compatible with Samsung’s ‘S series’ lineup models i.e., Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, Note 5, S7, and S7 edge.

In terms of the aesthetics, the new Samsung GR VR headset flaunts a curved design. It features support for both microUSB and USB Type-C connectivity and bundles converter inside the box. It makes it possible to interact with the platform with one-hand use. The controller has various inputs and buttons located on it such as volume, home, and back keys. Some other features and offerings include 42nm lens 101-degree field of view, based on advanced distortion correction technology. Some of these things help reduce the chances of motion sickness.

In other news, Samsung also unveiled the successor to its last year’s Galaxy Tab S2 dubbed Galaxy Tab S3, featuring a massive 9.7-inch display. The tablet comes with an enhanced S Pen and AKG by HARMAN quad stereo speakers. For more details, read our previous story. Samsung also announced that its Unpacked 2017 event is to be held in New York on March 29. The event will likely witness the launch of Samsung’s most awaited Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones.

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Tanmay Patange

Associate Editor at Pricebaba, Tanmay is working in the tech writing and content industry since 2011. His experience ranges from writing all thing tech, and sometimes with a pinch of salt. He admires Silicon Valley and HBO Newsroom the most and has a dream of becoming the next Will McAvoy some day. Contact him at [email protected]

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