Samsung, Google coming at Apple Vision Pro with Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 Platform

Beware, Apple.

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Key notes

  • Qualcomm has now launched the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 Platform.
  • It has support for 4.3K resolution per eye at 90 fps, among other things.
  • Samsung and Google’s future headsets will be using it.

Qualcomm, the tech maker behind Snapdragon, has now launched the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 Platform. Compared to its predecessor that’s used for the Meta Quest Pro, this new VR chipset looks promising. 

With support for 4.3K resolution per eye at 90 frames per second (fps), the XR2+ Gen 2 promises to deliver stunningly realistic spatial computing.

Hugo Swart, one of Qualcomm’s VPs, says in the announcement that this resolution can bring life-size overlays, expansive room-scale screens, and virtual desktops with stunning clarity like never before. Tech giants like Google and Samsung, which had partnered up with Qualcomm last year, will use it for their future headsets.

Besides that, the company also boasts that the XR2+ Gen 2 Platform will have 12+ concurrent cameras for advanced hand and eye tracking, 15% higher GPU frequency & 20% higher CPU frequency (almost no change for this), 8x better AI performance compared with XR2 Gen 1, and 12ms full-color video see-through.

Compare that to Apple’s M2-R1 duo? Well, it seems like we’ll have an interesting match up. Rumors on the streets are saying that the Vision Pro will be launched by the end of January. Then, we’ll be able to see how the Apple vs Android battle is looking in this space.

A few months ago, the company also launched Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for mobile, and it’s packed with AI features here and there. Last year, they also announced the XR2 Gen 2 Platform for MR and VR headsets.