There hasn’t been much buzz about commercial Virtual Reality headsets since the announcement of the Mixed Reality project from Microsoft. That could change very soon due to the launch of Samsung newest Gear VR headset.

Some might say it’s quite strange for Samsung to launch a new Gear VR so early, but from our point of view, the timing is perfect, and the launch was unavoidable.

The Galaxy Note 8 changed everything

Here’s the problem, ladies, and gentlemen, the Galaxy Note 8 is larger than previous mobile devices from Samsung. Therefore, it wasn’t able to fit inside the previous Gear VR. Folks with a Gear VR and an older Galaxy Note who are planning to switch to the Galaxy Note 8 will no doubt be disappointed, but the new Gear VR should fix that.

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The good news is, this latest model is backward compatible with the older compatible Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6+ and the Galaxy Note 5.

Interested folks should know the new Gear VR is going up for pre-order in the United States beginning today, August 24, 2017. Consumers can pre-order the device via Samsung’s official website, Amazon, Best Buy, and other major retailers on the web and in the country.

The official sale date is September 15, 2017, which is the same date the Galaxy Note 8 will hit retail chains.

Galaxy Note 8 hardware specifications

When Samsung releases the Note 8 to retailers next month, it should go on sale as the most compelling and relevant device from the South Korean giant. The device is set to launch with a massive 6.3-inch display, .and dual 12-megapixel cameras at the back.

The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, basically what most folks would expect from a flagship device in 2017. Storage begins at 64GB up to 256GB; and for those who might need a little extra, a micro-SD card slot is present.

When it comes down to the RAM, the Galaxy Note 8 is packing 6GB, while the battery has a capacity of 3300mAh. The battery power is a little disappointing since the screen is massive and the processor is powerful, but it should keep things running for a good amount of time.

For those who are interested, the product is IP68 water and dust resistant, it supports USB Type-C, and guess what? A 3.5mm headphone jack. Eventually, Samsung will join Apple and others in getting rid of the headphone jack, so enjoy it while you can.

Overall, the Galaxy Note 8 appears to be a solid piece of kit. One can only hope that it doesn’t explode like the Galaxy Note 7, an excellent, yet a flawed product that didn’t last a year on the market.

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