One product stands out at the IFA 2016 because it is not a product.
Chip maker Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon VR820 virtual reality headset that will change the VR landscape in 2017. You can't buy the Snapdragon VR820 headset. It is a reference design. It will enable manufacturers quickly bring a virtual reality headset to the market. Qualcomm does reference designs for many products. Their drone reference design "Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight" is another example of this strategy to sell in the end Snapdragon chips.
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The Snapdragon VR820 virtual reality headset will be the competition to face for HTC and Oculus in 2017. Especially Chinese startups will be all over the Snapdragon VR820.
The Snapdragon VR820 features integrated eye tracking with two cameras, dual front facing cameras for six degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking and see-through applications, four microphones, gyro, accelerometer, and magnetometer sensors.
The Snapdragon VR820 allow to have untethered experience running self contained on Android. There is no need for external sensors. The headset uses 1,440x1,440 resolution per eye, AMOLED panel that supports up to 70Hz. The VR820 supports 360 4K video playback processing with HEVC compression and display refresh rates at 70 FPS.
The Snapdragon VR820 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and built upon the Snapdragon VR Software Development Kit (SDK).
Watch below a hands-on video of the Snapdragon VR820 from the IFA 2016.
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