Samsung has announced that its next generation Galaxy S flagship will be revealed later this month, but reports say that the smartphone will be accompanied by the 360-degree virtual reality camera which will be compatible with the Galaxy S7, in a first phase.
The Gear 360 is based on the Project Beyond, which was announced in 2014, but Samsung has mentioned that it was not the final product. The manufacturer created the virtual reality camera to use used especially for recording important events, such as concerts or sports competitions, offering users a unique viewing experience, like they’d teleport themselves to “places and events they always wanted to see”.
Two years have passed and this project reached its final form, so the Gear 360 is ready to be released. SamMobile reported that the VR camera will be unveiled on February 29, when the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are expected to be announced. Galaxy Unpacked 2016 is the event which will take place in Barcelona and where the three devices will be presented to the public. Samsung already has shown a virtual reality-focused teaser video which anticipates the release of the Gear 360 VR camera.
The Gear 360 camera can capture full-circle video with its two 180-degree fisheye lenses and the maximum resolution will be 3,840×1,920 pixels. It will include its own battery and will connect to smartphones over Bluetooth. The camera will have features such as panorama, time lapse and looped video, color balance, HDR and ISO. Also, the users will be able to view the feed in realtime, but only Samsung smartphones will be supported.
Regarding the two new flagships, they will be shopped with two variants of processors: the upcoming Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890, built by Samsung, and which will be backed by 4GB of RAM. They will be available depending on regions and carriers, so Europeans won’t have the same model as Asians. Also, the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge will have a 12MP rear camera with a new sensor and technology, while the front camera will be 5MP and will be a wide-angle selfie cam. The Galaxy S6 was criticized for the missing microSD slot, so Samsung will bring it back on the S7, allowing users to expand the internal memory.
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