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.
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.
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.
The Gear VR will ship later in 2014 in select markets.
You can find our earlier post on the Galaxy Note 4 here.