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What is Samsung Gear VR?

The Samsung Gear VR is a wonderful VR mobile headset but it’s exclusivity to just the Samsung Galaxy devices is quite limiting to other models.

What is Samsung Gear VR?

Samsung Gear VR is a mobile virtual reality headset manufactured by Samsung. It was a combined effort in development of Samsung Electronics and Oculus and was then released on November 27, 2015.

As a mobile virtual reality headset, it uses a compatible smartphone to make the virtual images projected to the user. The Samsung Gear VR is, however, exclusive to just the following Samsung devices.

  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+
  • Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge

It basically uses the smartphone’s display and processor, while the Gear VR unit itself acts as the controller, which contains the high field of view, as well as a custom inertial measurement unit, or IMU, for rotational tracking, which connects to the smartphone via micro-USB. This IMU is more accurate and well calibrated with lower latency than internal smartphone IMUs, such as those used for Google Cardboard.

The Gear VR headset also includes a touchpad and back button on the side, as well as a proximity sensor to detect when the headset is on. The touchpad and button allow for a standard minimum input capability for users to interact with the virtual environments, whereas Google Cardboard devices only feature a button.

The Gear VR was first announced in September 2014. To allow developers to create content for the Gear VR and to allow VR and technology enthusiasts to get early access to the technology, Samsung had released two innovator editions of the Gear VR before the consumer version.


Samsung Gear VR Specifications

The Gear VR specification lists for you to find out if your device is compatible or the headset can fit around your head. This lightweight VR headset is easy to use and cheaper than the full-pledged Oculus Rift.

Phone connection

USB Type-C & micro USB

Compatible devices

Galaxy Note7, S7, S7 edge,
Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge


207.8 x 122.5 x 98.6 mm
345 g / 312 g without front cover

Field of view


PUI / Button

Touchpad, Back key,
Home key, Volume key


Gyrometer, Accelerator,

Samsung Gear VR Front Parts

samsung gear vr front

Samsung Gear VR Side Controls

samsung gear vr side

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