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The Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 is coming to local shores

By Salehuddin Bin Husin - on 28 May 2015, 12:13pm

The Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 is coming to local shores

There's also a new Gear VR made especially for the S6 called the Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6.

Along with the announcement of the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in Green Emerald, Samsung is also releasing a new version of the Gear VR for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Dubbed the Innovator Edition for S6, the new Gear VR is only compatible with Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones; other phones won't work with this edition of the Gear VR. The new device, only available in Frost White, is also Samsung's first virtual reality headset officially released here.

Here's are the product specs:

Gear VR Innovator Edition Specs
Dimensions 196 x 107.9 x 82.9 mm
Sensor Accelerator, Gyrometer, Proximity(Mount/Unmount Detection)
Field of View (FOV) 96 degrees
IPD Coverage 54 ~ 70 mm (Fixed Lenses)
Accessories Replaceable Face Form, Carrying Pouch, Lens Cleaning Cloth
Connectivity micro-USB connection to the Galaxy S6 4G+ and Galaxy S6 edge 4G+
Compatible Image Formats JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, WBMP, WEBP
Compatible Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, TS

It should be noted that while the Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 does have a micro-USB connection, but according to CNET who have trialed it in the US, the connection doesn't quite supply enough power to recharge the battery of the phone in it. It'll however provide enough juice to keep it from draining the mobile phone while the headset is being used. If you're not using the USB powered connection, a fully charged Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge on its own will last for about 5 or so hours when used with the Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 headset.

The headset will go on sale on June 4th (Thursday), with a MSRP of $298 at all Samsung Experience Stores, Telco online stores, major electronics stores and on Lazada's online store. It's a bit more expensive locally than it is in the US, where it's being sold for US$199.99 (~S$270), but at least you're assured of local warranty.

If you're interested in trying it out before you buy, you can visit these 9 major Samsung Experience Stores at the following malls for a firsthand demo:- Paragon, VivoCity, 313@Somerset, Chinatown Point, Bedok Mall, Changi Airport T3 departure transit lounge, AMK Hub, Jurong Point and Westgate.

Visitors to next week's PC Show at the Singapore Expo will also be able to take the headset for a spin, as well as participate in a contest to win a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and a Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6.

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