HoloLens 2 brings longer battery life, LTE support and ARM-based chips

By: Robert Neagoe
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Microsoft is holding back the release date of HoloLens 2, planning to bring major evolution to the original augmented reality headset by early 2019. After expanding to 29 more countries, the tech giant is determined to revolutionize the VR, AR and MR markets.

Hololens had only received few updates, and it’s now believed the Microsoft HoloLens 2 release date will be announced by the end of this year. The impact of new technology is radically changing the digital experience, but the majority of users are looking for affordable VR headsets. We can’t say if the next generation of HoloLens will be cheaper, but we can share some of the brand-new features.

HoloLens 2 – codenamed “Sydney” – will not run on an Intel processor

Promising more hours of battery life, Microsoft will switch to ARM chip most likely to work on an always-connected Windows experience. Thus, the HoloLens could run on a Snapdragon processor.

The new HPU will allow HoloLens 2.0 to enhance environment’s perceiving. The next-gen Holographic Processing Unit should be able to perform complex computing onboard, “natively and flexibly implement Deep Neural Networks”, due to an AI coprocessor, said Alex Kipman.

Ther will be some cloud processing with the new Mixed Reality Cloud. Combining cloud-assisted AI with Augmented Reality, Microsoft will deliver a steadfast mixed reality experience with people, places, and things.

Another interesting fact is the inclusion of LTE support that will allow an always-connected state. And yet unspecified, but wider field of view is granted as another essential upgrade. Finally, the software should run a version of Windows 10 based on the as-yet-unreleased Windows Core OS. The codename of this new version of Windows 10 is Oasis.

By the end of the year, Microsoft might not be the only one to deliver this type of device on the market, but the features sound impressive. Let us know in the comments what would you most expect from the HoloLens 2.0

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