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This Samsung Gear VR leak reveals weird makeover – Note 7 to blame?

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is nearly ready to launch, but it’s not the only product we’re expecting on August 2.

A new report claims that a new Gear VR virtual reality headset will be unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked event on August 2 in New York. The article, which comes courtesy of blog Phones Review, even includes an image of what it claims is the new headset, It’s now painted in a spiffing black colour, rather than the original white:

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Of course, we can’t actually verify this image, so take it with due caution. It’s blurry, and could easily have been photoshopped. Nevertheless, it’s been widely rumoured that a new Gear VR is incoming, so we wouldn’t be very surprised if this leak turned out to be true.

The article claims that the device will be shipped with the model number SM-R323, and that it features a USB-C connection. Samsung has not yet adopted USB-C ports – a replacement for Micro USB – on its phones, but the Galaxy Note 7 is widely rumoured to feature the new port. That means that Samsung would be forced to produce a USB-C Gear VR, which now seems likely to happen.

Samsung is going to launch the Galaxy Note 7 at a dedicated event in New York on August 2. The handset isn’t expected to differ hugely from the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but several changes have been rumoured, including: a stylus, a waterproof body, and an iris scanner.

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