Samsung Latest News & Update: Samsung's Top Secret Exynos VR III Virtual Reality Headset Accidentally Leaked

By LJ Joseph, Posted: 07/07/17 10:02PM EDT

A Samsung partner company has quite possibly just spilled the beans on a major VR project called the "Exynos VR III", a virtual reality headset that has eye and hand tracking features. The company in question, Visual Camp, issued a press release with this photo of the third-generation prototype.

Samsung's Top Secret Exynos VR III Virtual Reality Accidentally Leaked

1Reddrop reported that the device was actually showcased at a private session during Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017 from June 28 to July 1.However, this is probably the first look at the device for most of us.

The 10nm Exynos 8890 System-on-Chip with ARM Mali-G71 graphics is powerful enough to support a single 4K display at 75fps, or dual WQHD+ displays at 90fps. Along with the gaze-tracking technology developed by Visual Camp, the Exynos VR III will also have hand and gesture tracking, voice recognition and facial expression recognition.

According to Gadgets News, the Visual Camp's technology includes something called 'foveae rendering,' which means that part of the display being viewed will have better rendering than the surrounding areas. One of the key features of this new VR headset from Samsung is that it is a standalone device, meaning no tethering via bothersome cables.

That's been one of the biggest challenges so far in VR and AR hardware, and something that even Microsoft thinks is a few years away. The Exynos VR III includes a hex core custom CPU, which has a dual-core M2 processor clocked at 2.5GHz and four C-A53 processor cores clocked at 1.7GHz.

The processor is made using the 10nm process, as compared to Exynos VR II's 14nm process. Graphics are handled by a Mali G71 GPU. The device is also capable of handling WQHD+ displays at 90Hz or a single 4K display at 75Hz.

 It has not been mentioned as to when exactly Samsung plans to make the device available. Hence, don't expect to see this anytime soon because Exynos VR III is a prototype name presumably there were two versions before, so it's probably a way off from an official debut.

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