Samsung Delays XR Headset Launch After Apple’s Announcement

Samsung has reportedly delayed the release of its new XR headset, which was originally scheduled for early 2024. The headset was set to compete with Apple’s recently announced Vision Pro. According to a report from SBS Biz in Korea, Samsung has pushed back the release by one or two quarters. The information is believed to come from reliable sources with knowledge of Samsung’s internal affairs.

Samsung Electronics has informed its display manufacturing partners, Samsung Display and BOE in China, about the delay in the release of “existing XR releases,” according to the report.

The Galaxy XR headset was initially planned to have a pixel density of 2,000 PPI but was later increased to 3,000 PPI. Apple’s Vision Pro, on the other hand, will have a density of 3,400 PPI. Samsung’s new headset is being developed in partnership with Google and Qualcomm, with Google providing the operating system and Qualcomm working on the chipset. The Galaxy XR operating system will be based on Android.

Samsung had hoped to have samples of the headset ready by the end of the year for mass production to begin. However, the project now faces delays of up to six months. The delay is said to be a response to Apple’s announcement about the Vision Pro launch in June.

The new Galaxy XR is expected to target the higher end of the market rather than competing with the Quest 3, which is set for release in Autumn 2023 at a $500 price point. The decision to delay was made after reviewing all internal specifications and performance of the new XR product.

Apple’s Vision Pro will launch next year with a price tag of $3,500, while the Samsung Galaxy XR is rumored to cost around $2,000.

It is uncertain whether Samsung will provide more information about the headset at the Galaxy Unpacked show on July 26th due to this recent update.

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