XR viewers coming to 5G smartphones in 2020

May 27, 2020 //By Rich Pell
XR viewers coming to 5G smartphones in 2020
Qualcomm Technologies has announced that it, along with 15 global operators, plans to deliver extended reality (XR) viewers to consumers and enterprises within the next year.

The company, along with global telecom operators, smartphone OEMs, and XR viewer manufacturers, plans to sample and commercialize XR viewers to provide immersive, never-before-experiences over 5G. The partnership includes China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, EE, KDDI, KT, LG Uplus, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, SK Telecom, SoftBank, Telefonica, Verizon, and Vodafone.

This builds on the company's introduction last year of its ecosystem collaboration for lightweight, head-worn XR viewers tethered via USB-C cable to 5G smartphones powered by Snapdragon 855 or 856 mobile platforms. XR viewers, says the company, unlock a new generation of immersive experiences using 5G-enabled smartphones that provide high bandwidth and low latency which is essential for high-quality XR.

"Consumers' favorite smartphone applications can become augmented reality (AR) experiences in front of their eyes," says the company in a press release, "or workplace meetings can be revolutionized through holographic telepresence with virtual collaboration platforms, as XR and 5G come together to transform how the world connects, communicates, and consumes content."

The company will test the performance and validate compatibility between the XR viewer and smartphones through its Qualcomm XR Optimized Certification Program to help ensure a seamless user experience. There are two certifications: one for smartphone and one for the XR viewer to allow the OEMs (both smartphone and viewers) to verify optimization between multiple phones and multiple viewers without requiring them to conduct one-on-one optimization.

The Qualcomm XR Optimized Certification Program includes:

  • Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) headtracking performance on the viewer and smartphone
  • Display calibration validation on the viewer
  • Motion to photon latency validation on the viewer and smartphone
  • Power and thermal test on the viewer and smartphone
  • Interoperability between the viewer and smartphone

Multiple XR viewer manufacturers are in development, says the company, including 3Glasses, iQIYI, Nreal, OPPO, Panasonic, Pico, and Shadow Creator are going through the certification process to be able to quickly deploy with Snapdragon-powered devices in the coming months. Both smartphones


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