What you need to know
- Microsoft's HoloLens 2 may go on sale in September 2019.
- Microsoft has since clarified that no firm date has been announced.
- The new headset brings improved hardware and software when compared to the original HoloLens.
- The HoloLens 2 costs $3,500 for both developers and businesses.
Update: Microsoft has reached out with a statement clarifying the remarks "As we announced in February, Microsoft HoloLens 2 will begin shipping later this year. We have started collecting expressions of interest for HoloLens 2 preorders and, as part of our standard practice for gathering feedback, have shared near-final prototypes with some customers, but have not announced a date for general availability." – a Microsoft spokesperson
Microsoft's HoloLens 2 will go on sale in September 2019 according to a recent comment at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai (via Reuters). Harry Shum, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Artificial Intelligence and Research, shared the September sale date.
The HoloLens 2 brings several significant improvements when compared to the original HoloLens in terms of design, hardware internals, and software. The HoloLens 2 has a carbon fiber body, better weight distribution, extra padding, eye-tracking, and a wider field of view.
Internally, the HoloLens 2 runs on a Snapdragon 850 processor. It is the first Windows 10 on ARM device made by Microsoft. It is also the first product to ship running Windows Core OS.
HoloLens, but better
HoloLens 2 takes everything that made the original great and turns it up to 11. With a new carbon fiber body, extra padding, eye tracking, and a wider field of view, the headset should have no problem finding success among developers and first-line workers.
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