Samsung releases Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Galaxy Note 4, and smartphone with curved glass edge

Samsung releases Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Galaxy Note 4, and smartphone with curved glass edge

Samsung has unveiled its first virtual reality headset developed in conjunction with Oculus, known as the Gear VR, along with a smartphone with a screen that curves around the edges and the Galaxy Note 4.

Unveiled at its Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event alongside the IFA trade show, the Gear VR includes full 360 degree 3D video with a 66-degree field of vision. The device uses a Galaxy Note 4, inserted in the front, as its display.

The South Korean tech giant also unveiled the dust and water resistant Galaxy Note 4, with an upgraded S Pen, which can emulate writing on paper with a fountain or calligraphy pen.

The 4G phablet includes a 5.7-inch (143.9mm) Quad HD Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440 pixel) display, a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor, a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 3.7-megapixel front camera. It also includes a large 3220mAh battery.

Alongside the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung has released a second phablet with similar specifications known as the Galaxy Note Edge, featuring a display that curves around the edges of the device. Unfortunately, however, it is not compatible with the Gear VR.

The tech giant also demonstrated a next-generation smartwatch known as the Gear S that features a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display and full standalone 3G capabilities. Because it accepts its own SIM card, it is capable of making calls without being tethered to a smartphone.

The devices are slated for release later this year.

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