Samsung Announce ‘Unpacked’ Event Feb 21
Samsung have announced that they will be showcasing their latest handsets at the Samsung Unpacked launch event on February 21st in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement comes with a short video teaser that puts a lot of focus on the GearVR.
The teaser video shows an actor wearing a headset who appears to be leaning in to touch the cube shown as a graphic on screen. Which could suggest that the new S7 and S7 Edge handsets are able to achieve positional tracking within the GearVR headsets, however this is just speculation at the moment.
The video comes with the tagline “get ready to rethink what a phone can do” which puts more emphasis on the companies investment in VR. It is not known if the new phones from Samsung will be backwards compatible with older models of the GearVR, but, as the VR market is so much in its infancy you would hope that this would be the case. It would also be reasonable to suspect that Samsung may release an updated GearVR headset to coincide with, or to drop at around the same time as the the release of their new handsets.
Information leaked by, renowned leaker, Evleaks, details that users could expect to see a handset that is very similar in design to the S6, while adding back the Micro SD slot, which is something that will no doubt be met with approval from Samsung fans who weren’t very keen on it being removed from last years model.
The Samsung “Unpacked” Galaxy event will be held at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, February 21 and will be live streamed from the Samsung Youtube channel.
If, or more accurately, when, the second run of GearVR headsets are released, it will mark a point in the VR market whereby we begin to see second hand devices in circulation. Which will contribute to the market penetration of the devices. As people will have access to the technology without having to pay the full retail price.
As it stands there are no official announcements for when the Samsung S7 and S7 Edge will be available for purchase, however it is rumored to be sometime in March.
Check out the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge teaser below.