Qualcomm's new 5G phone chips can power your AR, VR glasses

CNET | 2/25/2019 | Scott Stein
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nReal's mixed-reality glasses are one of the first devices to work with Qualcomm's 5G phones.

Qualcomm's next wave of Snapdragon 855-powered 5G phones have a clever trick inside: They can power VR and AR headsets via USB-C. This could mean we're not only looking at a whole bunch of lighter-weight tethered headsets, but a lot more affordable ones, too.

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At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Qualcomm announced a new initiative to connect 5G phones with a new wave of headsets and is planning a certification program and branding sticker to help kick off interest in little plug-in headsets. Could this be what the HTC Vive Cosmos is going to become? We don't know yet. But a new Acer VR headset called the Acer Viewer and the nReal Light, a compact pair of mixed-reality glasses, are the first two compatible products along with an unannounced headset from Pico.

Qualcomm also announced that the first compatible phones will be made by Xiaomi, HTC, OnePlus, Oppo, Asus and Vivo. Cellular operators supporting Qualcomm's initiative so far include Sprint, LG U+, TIM, KDDI, SK Telecom, Swisscom and KT.

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