Reportedly, Samsung has confirmed the temporary postponement of its extended reality (XR) product development. The company made this decision after Apple unveiled its Vision Pro headset in June.
Samsung Electronics said in a recent notice to its panel partners, “We will completely review the new XR product project and postpone its volume production and release schedule.” XR is a concept that describes and encompasses virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) technologies.
Initially, Samsung had planned to begin sample development by the end of 2023 and start mass production early next year. However, industry sources indicate that the timeline has been pushed back by three to six months, equivalent to one to two quarters.
“The internal decision was made to make an XR headset that can match the specifications of competitor Apple’s mixed reality and MR headset Vision Pro,” an industry insider said. “Samsung has decided to review all internal specifications and performances, including the current design and panels.”
The Vision Pro MR headset of Apple is said to have an input system that enables its user to control the device with gestures, gaze, and voice and an ultra-high-resolution display.
While specific details about Samsung’s XR device have not been disclosed, industry experts expected that Samsung Display and China’s BOE will manufacture the device’s panel. It is also anticipated that the XR device will be powered by a Qualcomm chipset and utilize Google’s operating system.
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