IFA 2014: Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 – Gear VR and Gear S


Today, at the IFA 2014 conference in Berlin, Samsung held its Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event. The Note 4 wasn’t the only thing that Samsung announced. In addition to giving some stage time to the previously announced Gear S, the company launched a product jointly developed with Oculus VR called the Gear VR. These new companioned devices look to enhance Samsung’s Note 4 in some interesting ways.

Samsung Gear S

Gear S

The Gear S is the latest in Samsung’s line of Smart watches. Like the Gear and Gear 2, it runs a variant of the Tizen operating system instead of Android Wear. The watch features a 2″ curved display with a 360×480 resolution. In terms of most specs, it’s more mini-smartphone than watch. You also have a 1 GHz dual core CPU, 512MB of ram, 4GB of its own storage, and even 3G cellular connectivity. For software, you get a wide selection of apps, including health apps such as Samsung’s own S Health and a new partnership with Nike for Nike+ running.

The Gear S will ship in October.

Samsung Gear VR

Gear VR

The least expected device shown off today was the Gear VR. It’s a headworn unit that was co-developed using technology from Oculus VR. Yep, the same guys who make Oculus Rift. The Gear VR pairs with the Note 4 for an immersive VR experience. The VR can be used to create virtual environments for 360° movies and 3D gaming. This is the first VR device to work with a mobile device and connects to the Note 4 with a USB cable. It’ll be interesting to see this product in action.

Rachel Riley with Gear VR

The Gear VR will ship later in 2014 in select markets.

Source: Samsung 1, 2

You can find our earlier post on the Galaxy Note 4 here.