New Samsung Gear VR 2016 release date, price, specs: New all-black Gear VR supports Note 7 and has USB-C

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The Galaxy Note 7 flagship phablet wasn’t the only thing Samsung launched at its New York event. The company also unveiled the a companion VR headset for the phablet, aptly named Samsung Gear VR for Note 7. In addition, the Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker and Gear Icon X wireless earbuds were launched as well.

Besides Galaxy Note 7 support, the Oculus-based Gear VR also has features like a USB Type-C port, as well as a Micro USB port for connecting it to the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

Featuring Accelerator, Gyrometer and Proximity sensors, the new Samsung gear VR weighs 345 grams and offers 101-degree field of view. It will be available in Blue/Black colour only. The design of the new Samsung gear VR is the same as that of the original Gear VR, but with a new colour and USB Type-C connectivity.

Gear VR 2016 specs

Dimensions 207.8(W) x 122.5(L) x 98.6(H)mm
Weight 345g (312g without Front Cover)
Field of View 101°
Sensors Accelerator, Gyrometer, Proximity
Colour Blue Black

Compatibility USB Type-C and Micro USB port connection to the Galaxy Note7, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+


The Gear VR ships late August if you live in the US, but those in the UK will have to wait until at least September. The earliest you can get a Note 7 in the UK is 2 September, and although there’s no confirmed UK release date for the new Gear VR, Samsung has already confirmed that some pre-orders of the Note 7 will come with a free headset, so it’s safe to assume that 2 September is the UK release date for the Gear VR too.
“By pairing the Galaxy Note 7 with the new Gear VR powered by Oculus, users can experience premium virtual reality almost anywhere. Galaxy Note 7’s incredible Super AMOLED screen and powerful processor deliver an ultra-immersive experience. The vast and ever growing library of apps, photos, games and more puts users in the center of the action,” said Samsung.

The company also launched its Gear Fit 2 fitness band that comes with an embedded GPS tracker and a heart rate monitor. Samsung says that the Gear Fit 2 has an ergonomic, sleek and slim design. It also sports a Super AMOLED curved display with a high-resolution color touchscreen and comes with Auto Activity Tracking feature. It’s easy to transfer fitness data between S Health and other select fitness apps.

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