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Samsung releases a new Gear VR that’s half the price


The Samsung Gear VR is a nifty little add-on which turns your current smart phone into an immersive 3D headgear. So far they have made 2 version, the first edition for the Galaxy Note 4 and an updated version that supports the Galaxy S6/S6 edge. Today they have just announced a new one, and not only it fits the latest flagship phablets but it also more affordable than before.


Dubbed as the Gear VR Consumer Version, it is now compatible with more devices as it supports the Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. From the appearance, it looks the same as the Gear VR Innovator Edition which we’ve reviewed but there are some notable differences.

Firstly it loses the top strap that goes across your head, leaving just the side straps to secure the Gear VR in place. While on the right side, it gets a redesigned touch pad that has visible directional groves which supposedly give you better controls. Still retained is a back button and a volume rocker that’s placed near the front.

In terms of experience, the specs remain unchanged with a 96 degree field of view and a 54-70mm IPD Coverage. For a little sight correction, there’s also an adjustment dial that’s located at the top.

The new Gear VR only comes in Frost While and it will be available this quarter globally at only US$99 (About RM434). That’s almost half the price of the current Gear VR Innovator Edition for the S6 that’s priced at RM799. If you’re wondering what can you do with it, you can refer to our Gear VR review that’s paired with a Galaxy S6.

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Alexander Wong