Samsung Galaxy Note 4, with virtual reality, announced

Samsung revealed the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at IFA in Berlin on 3 September 2014, along with a virtual reality headset accessory for the device which it calls the Gear VR.

The Gear VR is the result of a partnership between Samsung and Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

John Carmack, known for his work in video games such as Doom and Quake, and now CTO of Oculus, came on stage during Samsung’s announcement to talk about the device and the partnership.

He explained that the motion sensor in the Gear VR was similar to the one in smartphones such as the Note, but updates more frequently and was calibrated to be far more accurate.

For its display, the Gear VR uses the Note 4’s QHD (1440×2560) Super AMOLED screen.

​“We are thrilled to reveal the Gear VR Innovator Edition, a state-of-the-art mobile VR experience powered by Oculus,” said Carmack. “The deep technical partnership with Samsung has enabled us to create a virtual reality headset with world class resolution and performance, all on a completely mobile platform.”

The Gear VR will be available through Samsung’s online distribution channel and select carriers this year, Samsung said.

The Note 4 is set to become available from October 2014. Here are some of its key specifications (according to Samsung):

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Dimensions 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm
Weight 176g
Operating system Android 4.4
Display 5.7″ (143.9mm) QHD (1440×2560) Super AMOLED
Rear camera 16MP
Front camera 3.7MP
Storage, internal 32GB
Storage, expandable microSD
RAM 3GB
Processor 2.7GHz quad-core / Octa-core (1.9GHz quad + 1.3GHz quad) *
Battery 3,220mAh
Cellular data HSPA+, LTE *
* Configuration may vary by market.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Not listed above is the camera pass-through that offers a high frame rate preview of 60 frames per second, and 3D spatial sound which is used by the Gear VR.

The following specifications were listed for the Gear VR:

Optical Lens 96˚ Field of View
Sensor Accelerator, Gyrometer, Magnetic, Proximity
Motion to Photon Latency < 20ms
Focal Adjustment Covers Nearsighted / Farsighted Eyes
Interpupillary Distance Coverage 55 ~ 71 mm
Physical User Interface Touch Pad, Back Button, Volume Key
Connection microUSB 1.1 connection to the Galaxy Note 4
Dimension (Headset) 198(W) x 116(L) x 90(H)mm
Content Available through Oculus Store
microSD Card(16GB) in-box: A collection of 360-degree videos and 3D movie trailers from major studios will be pre-loaded.

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