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Leak: Samsung's next Gear VR works with your old phone

Engadget logo Engadget 31/07/2016 Jon Fingas
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The Galaxy Note 7 isn't likely to be the only treat at Samsung's August 2nd media event... and you may well be happy even if you have no intention of buying a new smartphone. Well-known tipster OnLeaks and French tech site Nowhereelse claim to have both a photo and details of the next Gear VR headset, and it's all good news if true. While the virtual reality gear will reportedly support the Note 7, which should have a USB-C port, it should still support Samsung flagship phones as far back as the Galaxy S6. And it could be a more immersive experience, too -- the new Gear supposedly has a wider 110-degree view versus the 96 degrees of its predecessor, so it'll feel less like you're staring through a porthole.

There's no mention of pricing in the leak, although the sources hint that the new wearable might arrive in August (ahead of the Note 7 itself, which may wait until September). Last year's Gear VR sold for $99, mind you, and it wouldn't be out of line for this version to remain similarly affordable.

OnLeaks (Twitter), Nowhereelse (translated)

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