Is there a new Samsung Gear VR on the horizon?

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The Samsung Gear VR is an excellent way to enter the world of virtual reality, a strong mid-point between Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift, and there may be a new version coming soon. The Gear VR has been around for longer than you may think, due to the developer editions being produced long before the official consumer launch at the end of last year, so is the time right for Gear VR 2?

While Gear VR 2 may not come along for a while, we may see a revised Gear VR headset in the near future, ready for use with a currently unofficial (but highly likely) Samsung smartphone. According to a listing on the Indian import database Zauba, a Gear VR with the model number SM-R323 has been shipped from South Korea for testing.

Related: Everything we think we know about the Galaxy Note 7

The significance of the model number comes from the current Gear VR being the SM-R322, and the previous developer and innovator editions being SM-R320 and SM-R321 respectively. Any change in model number suggests new features and design, but at the moment we don’t know anything about what secrets the SM-R323 holds. However, we can speculate on one.

Samsung engineered the Gear VR to work with several of its top smartphones, to which it connects using a MicroUSB connector; but what if the Galaxy Note 7 uses the USB Type-C? That could end up being the defining difference between the current Gear VR and the SM-R323, ensuring Samsung can still use the Gear VR as another reason to buy an expensive smartphone. It even gave the Gear VR away as a free gift to people who pre-ordered the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, so if a new version is coming (and needed due to the Note 7’s spec), we should expect a similar promotion to run.

The Galaxy Note 7 may be announced at the beginning of August, if the rumors are correct, at which time a revised Gear VR may make an appearance as well. Nothing is official for now, but we’ll keep you informed.

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