The Galaxy Note 7 introduced a new Gear VR to the market, the next-generation Samsung virtual reality headset that will no doubt improve upon the strengths (and weaknesses) of the most recent-generation and the Gear VR Innovator’s Edition unveiled in 2014 with the arrival of the Galaxy Note 4. And, with the new Gear VR entertaining the USB Type-C charging of the Galaxy Note 7, it is assumed that the new VR headset would leave micro-USB cables behind. Surprisingly, the Galaxy Note 7 Gear VR isn’t doing this: there is a micro-USB-to-USB-Type-C connector that allows consumers to still use their old handsets with micro-USB cables. This is a nice touch from the Korean giant and we hope that other companies that transition to newer technology would do the same for their customers.
The Galaxy Note 7 Gear VR, like the Galaxy Note 7, is only available for pre-order at the moment. The Galaxy Note 7 is not yet available at carriers and retail stores until August 19th, though you can pre-order for the next 5 days. The New Gear VR, as the Galaxy Note 7 VR headset is called, features a greater field of view, head-tracking, and better graphics, and is also compatible with not only the Galaxy Note 7 but also the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S7, and the Galaxy S7 edge. There is no Galaxy Note 4 compatibility for the headset, so Note 4 customers will finally have to move forward this year and upgrade their two-year-old smartphones.
The Galaxy Note 7 Gear VR costs $99.99 and is now available at online retailer Amazon. While you’re there, why not pick up some protective and sleek cases for the sexiest handset you’ve owned yet?