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Samsung: Next Gear VR coming soon with ‘surprise’ price point

Samsung mobile chief JK Shin has promised the firm will soon be rolling out a new version of its ever-in-development virtual reality headset technology.

After the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge on Thursday, the co-CEO said a new Gear VR is coming soon, but will arrive with a “surprise” price point.

Speaking to CNET Shin wouldn’t go into specifics, but Samsung has made a habit of updating the headset with new handset releases in recent times.

The first effort came with the Note 4 last September, while an updated version for the Galaxy S6 series also arrived in early 2015.

Samsung has been partnering with Oculus for the headsets so far, so it’ll be interesting to see the next edition given the Facebook-owned firm is pushing towards a consumer release in early 2016.

As for that “surprise” price point remark? Well Shin could mean surprise as in “we’re not telling” or he could mean “it’ll be much cheaper.” Time will tell, but the headsets are currently priced at $200 in the US.

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The early iterations have earned mixed reviews with the low price point and the work-in-progress elements taken into consideration. Can Samsung master the emerging sector third time around?

The news comes following a high profile unpacked event where Samsung announced details on two new handsets and teased its first round-faced smartwatch for next month’s IFA event.

While the S6 Edge+ has already impressed, folks aren’t too chuffed with the Note 5, which won’t be released in the United Kingdom this year.

TrustedReviews’ Andy Vandervell thinks Sammy has abandoned its most loyal users. Does he have a point? Share your thoughts below.

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