A well-informed source informs that the newest VR-chip Qualcomm — Snapdragon XR1 will be used in glasses of the augmented reality of HoloLens of the 2nd generation.

What is known about the HoloLens 2nd generation?

Microsoft Hololens will work on the chip Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1

Earlier there were rumors that glasses of the augmented reality of HoloLens 2 will get Snapdragon 845. It should be noted that this processor is more powerful than Snapdragon XR1. But it is optimized specifically for working with AR / VR-applications. Besides, the new Qualcomm is cheaper than a mobile chip. Simply put, due to a cheaper, but a quite powerful processor, the headset of augmented reality from Microsoft itself will be more affordable and attractive for purchase. HoloLens of the 1st generation, intended primarily for developers, are sold for $ 3,000. It was precisely the price of the points that affected the demand.

What kind of beast is Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1?

Microsoft Hololens will work on the chip Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1

About SnapdragonXR1 it is known that it is the first specialized processor intended for standalone sets of virtual and augmented reality. The platform is equipped with the Kyro processor, Adreno graphics accelerator and digital signal processor Hexagon Vector. Declared support for displaying 4K-quality images at a speed of up to 30 frames per second. This is at the level of the top mobile processors.

Announcing XR1 in late May, representatives of Qualcomm claimed that the new processor had pledged to install HTC Vive, Vuzix, Meta and Pico on their devices. But Microsoft was not mentioned in this list. The appearance of today’s news suggests that perhaps all parties wanted the plans of their companies to remain a secret. But, as you know, all the secret sooner or later becomes obvious.

When to wait for the announcement of HoloLens 2?

Presumably, the new glasses of the augmented reality HoloLens 2 can be announced at the end of the year or in January 2019, just at the CES exhibition. This is in line with what the well-known Microsoft observer Brad Sam said, who said that the hardware, codenamed Sydney, will debut in the first quarter of 2019. If this happens, then the new product should be expected in the first quarter of 2019. It also remains a mystery whether Microsoft will continue to sell HoloLens in its present form. Or they will take bolder steps to sell the headset to consumers, which would be a very good step. And all because HoloLens at the moment is more a dream for most: much more than headsets such as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.