The Samsung Gear 360 was launched last year as a complement to the company’s popular Gear VR. While its sister device was geared towards allowing users to consume VR and 360 content, the Gear360 allows users to innovate and create content for VR and 360. The first iteration of the device showed off Samsung’s design prowess and also a price tag which made content creation for VR and 360 more accessible. The Gear 360 brought in a different way to share memories and experiences.
With the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the South Korean company announced a refresh to the device. The biggest difference you’ll notice in the new Gear360 is its form factor. Unlike its predecessor, the new iteration comes actually comes with a trunk. The older Gear360 came with an attachable mini tripod which also doubled as a handle. However, it looks like the new form allows the integration of some of the sensors into a more convenient and sensible position. In addition, the overall size of the Gear360 has been reduced.
That said, the main focus of the new Gear360 is its ability to record 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) video content. While the sensors see a decrease from 15-megapixels to 8-megapixels, the video resolution has been bumped to 4K and it’s also got IP certification this round. The new Gear360 is now IP53 water and dust resistant. This means that the device can handle water sprays and splatters but cannot be immersed in water.
The new Gear360 also takes advantage of its WiFi connectivity more effectively with the ability to live broadcast onto platforms such as YouTube and Facebook. This new feature will make sharing experiences even easier across the board. The new Gear360 is compatible with most of Samsung’s flagship devices including the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE and Mac and Windows PCs.
Aside from the Gear360, the Gear VR will also be receiving special refresh to include a brand new touch controller. The controller can be held in one hand and comes with a touchpad, trigger, home key, volume key and back key. The controller also comes with an accelerometer, gyrometer and magnetic sensor. It will run on standard AAA batteries with an estimated 80 hour battery life.
|Gear 360 (2017)|
|Camera||Two CMOS 8.4-megapixel fish-eye cameras|
|Video||MP4 (H.265) | Dual Lens: 4096×2048 (24fps)|
|Image||JPEG | Dual Lens: 15MP|
Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
|Memory||microSD card (Up to 256GB)|
Video, Photo, Time Lapse Video, Looping Video, Landscape HDR
|IP53 Certified Dust and Water Resistant|
Dual/Single Lens mode
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
USB 2.0 (Type-C)
|Compatibility||Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge, A5 (2017), A7 (2017) *Android 5.0 or later, iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6s Plus, SE, *iOS 10.0 or later, Windows, macOS|