Earlier this year, Samsung teased its upcoming XR headset. The mixed-reality headset is being developed in collaboration with Google and Qualcomm. The company has been working on a high-end standalone mixed-reality headset after discontinuing the Gear VR lineup that used a smartphone as its screen and processor. It is now rumored to bring a revolutionary new feature.
According to tipster Revegnus (@Tech_Reve), Samsung's upcoming XR headset is very intriguing. Apparently, the device has drawn a lot of inspiration from the Apple Vision Pro and features a screen with a pixel density of around 3,000 ppi. Samsung is rumored to add support for touch, similar to Apple's XR headset. But more importantly, Samsung is also rumored to bring support for smell. While it isn't clear whether it will have the ability to sense smell or create smell, it would be amazing if it is the latter. The ability to sense smell seems pointless to us, and the ability to recreate smell would improve the immersiveness of VR experiences like games, movies, and more.
There hasn't been much progress in the electronics space where a device can create a smell, but if Samsung pulls this off, it would be groundbreaking for sure. However, take this information with a pound of salt, as the tipster has been incorrect several times in the past. It almost seems certain that Samsung's XR mixed-reality headset will use a Qualcomm processor and run an operating system that is developed by Google.
The company's upcoming XR headset could have multiple cameras and other sensors. It may feature a microLED screen from eMagin and sync with Galaxy smartphones, tablets, and laptops. However, claiming anything more than that would be pure speculation, and we need to wait a few months more before we can get any concrete information on the upcoming device.