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Gear 360 (2017) Captures 4K Resolution Video while Gear VR Equipped with Wireless Controller

Event Photo: The new Gear 360 (2017) is capable to record 4K resolution 360-degree videos; the new Gear VR with Controller enhances users’ interaction with virtual reality world.

Event Photo: The new Gear 360 (2017) is capable to record 4K resolution 360-degree videos; the new Gear VR with Controller enhances users’ interaction with virtual reality world.

Hong Kong – April 26, 2017 – Samsung Electronics H.K. Co. Ltd. today announced new Gear 360 (2017) and Gear VR with Controller, creating an extraordinary visual effect for users. The light and handy Gear 360 (2017) is capable to record 4K resolution 360-degree videos and share memorable moments with friends and families more instantly. With new Gear VR, users can view 360-degree videos and photos took with Gear 360 (2017), or watch incredible VR content powered by Oculus, enjoying themselves in an immersive and true-to-life VR experience. 

“The market’s response has been overwhelming since the launch of first generation Gear 360 last year,” said Yiyin Zhao, the Vice President and Head of Information Technology and Mobile Communication Business for Samsung Electronics H.K. Co. Ltd. “We understand users are pursuing high quality 360-degree videos and virtual reality experience, so we continue to push the boundaries of mobile experience by launching the upgraded Gear 360 and Gear VR to extend Samsung Galaxy ecosystem and to bring a brand new visual experience for consumers.”

Gear 360 (2017)

High Quality 360-degree Recording to Live Streaming of Precious Moments

Equipped with 8.4-megapixel image sensors and Bright Lens F2.2 on both dual fisheye lenses, Gear 360 (2017) can capture 360-degree vivid video with 4K-resolution. Leveraging the spherical shaped design of last generation, Gear 360 (2017) narrows the space between two lenses to 3cm, so as to offer a fast and seamless 360-degree video by shortening stitching time by 21% compared to last generation, as well as reducing blind spots when stitching videos. 

With Gear 360 (2017), users can live broadcast 360-degree video[1] without territorial limits. Friends could watch 360-degree real-time videos via Gear VR[2], Facebook, YouTube, smartphones and computers[3], just as if they were at the site. 

Personalized 360-degree Video and Image with Ultimate Compatibility

Gear 360 (2017) adds a variety of editing tools for users to create unique 360-degree videos and images with personal styles, attaining a better effect. 5 different viewing modes, including spherical, stretched, dual, panoramic and 360-degree, add more fun to the video taken. Gear 360 (2017) also comes with built-in Blur and Sticker features, Beauty effect, up to 20 filters and Bottom Layout feature for users to include their personal touch to own masterpieces. The format of Gear 360 (2017) videos is MP4, so users can easily share on social media applications. 

Gear 360 (2017) is inexorably compatible to unlock the limits of sharing. It is compatible with Samsung flagship devices including the newly-released Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017). The Gear 360 also offers greater compatibility with iOS devices[4] including iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE, as well as Windows and Mac computers. 

Small Size Greater Portability

The compact design of Gear 360 (2017) reduces the weight by 20% to 130g compared to the last generation. Users can carry it everywhere easily to record and share every bit of life in real time.

New Gear VR with Controller

New Gear VR with Controller Presents an Incredible Virtual Reality World

New Gear VR comes with a curved design controller. Users can enjoy complete control through different actions to gain interactive and immersive VR experience exceeding visual limits, especially for exciting VR gaming. The ergonomic head-mounted display with suede foam cushioning reduces fatigue for long-time usage. The orchid gray material reduces light leakage, so users can be more focus in the VR world. With high frame rate of 60fps and low latency of 20ms, users will be able to visualize bright and clear images even when tilting their heads, upgrading users’ visual experience. New Gear VR comes with wide field of view of 101-degree and precise head tracking, as well as improved sensor and distortion correction technology, to minimize dizziness and let users fully indulged in the immersive VR world. 

Gear VR users can enjoy over 100 applications and new social VR[5], enabling them to chat, watch videos and live broadcast games via Gear VR, further uplifting VR experience to a higher level. 

Oculus Games and Applications Offers
Oculus store provides over 100 applications across around 20 categories, including action, adventure, terror, film, music and simulation, etc., transforming smartphone to VR entertainment center. From May 12 to July 31, 2017, users who purchase Gear VR with Controller will receive one redeem card to choose from Entertainment Pack or Game Pack valued HKD390. The offer is valid till July 31, 2017. Offers are available while stock lasts.

Entertainment Pack focuses on VR entertaining experience, including Land’s End, Ocean Rift, Affected 1, Star Chart, Monzo, Deepak, BBC Earth-Bear Island and Esper 2; while Game Pack are VR gaming-focused, some games even support the controller, including Land’s End, Esper 2, Dragon Front, Evil Robot Traffic Jam, Drop Dead and EndSpace.

Availability, Suggested Retail Price
Gear 360 (2017) and Gear VR with Controller will be available in Hong Kong on the following dates with the suggested retail price as follows:

Model

Available Dates

Suggested Retail Prices

Gear 360(2017)

May 12, 2017

HKD2,098

Gear VR with Controller

May 12, 2017

HKD1,098

Gear VR Controller

May 5, 2017

HKD498

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) specifications:

Camera

Two CMOS 8.4-megapixel fish-eye cameras

Image Processor

DRIMe5s

Video

MP4 (H.265)
 - Dual Lens: 4096x2048 (24fps)

Image

JPEG
 - Dual Lens: 15MP

Audio

Codec: ACC

Memory

microSD card (Up to 256GB)

Features

Shooting mode
Video, Photo, Time Lapse Video, Looping Video, Landscape HDR

IP53 Certified Dust and Water Resistant

Camera mode
Dual/Single Lens mode

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz)
Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth® 4.1
USB 2.0 (Type-C)

Dimension

100.6 x 46.3 x 45.1 mm

Weight

130g

Battery

1,160mAh Li-ion

Compatibility

Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) *Android 5.0 or later, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, *iOS 10.0 or later, Windows, macOS

Samsung Gear VR with Controller specifications:

Product

Gear VR

Optical Lens

 Φ42, FOV 101°

PUI / Button

 Touchpad, Back Key, Home Key, Volume Keys

Sensor

 Gyro / Accel. (Sampling Rate: 1KHz), Proximity

Compatible Smartphones

Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge

Phone Connection

 USB Type-C & mUSB

Size

 207.8(W) x 122.5(L) x 98.6(H) mm

Weight

345g

Color

Orchid Gray

 

Product

VR Controller

Control & Function

Touchpad (Clickable), Trigger Key, Home Key, Back Key, Volume Keys

Sensor

Gyro / Accel. / Magnetic

Indicator

3 color LED * 1ea

Bluetooth

BT 4.2 BLE private profile

Battery

AAA Battery * 2ea

Compatible

OS Android Lollipop 5.0 or later

Size

108.1 x 48.1 x 38.2 mm

Weight

64.3 g (including battery & strap)

Color

Black

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

[1] Actual live streaming’s operation time is around 30mins with a quality of 1920x960@30fps,3-6Mbps.

[2] New Gear VR will support users to watch live broadcasts in 2H 2017.

[3] Connect and watch live broadcasts on smartphones and computers through Wi-Di Direct and USB respectively, and then view live streaming on Facebook, YouTube and Gear VR via LTE/Wi-Fi LAN.

[4] Some features may be limited on iOS devices.

[5] Powered by Oculus Rift.

For more product information, please visit www.samsung.com/hk_en/ or contact Samsung customer service hotline at (+852) 3698-4698.

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