Mobile-based VR seems to be on the mind of many smartphone manufacturers, and Samsung is one of the biggest on the market. The Gear VR, especially the edition offered with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, has enjoyed some success. But if the company wants to continue the trend of offering Gear VR headsets with flagships, it needs to address some compatibility issues.

Samsung has been putting its focus on mobile-based VR for quite some time now, ever since the company unveiled the Galaxy Note 4 and the first Gear VR in 2014. Since then, the company has been working with Oculus on improving the technology and culminated with the launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with Gear VR earlier this year.

The Gear VR is currently compatible with Galaxy S7 and S6 models, as well as the Note 5, but the phone has to be paired with the Oculus app in order to work.

Samsung could release a new Gear VR with the Note 7

Samsung’s upcoming flagship is the Galaxy Note 7, and fans of the company’s handsets are wondering if the Gear VR offered with Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be compatible with the Note 7. It’s a good question since the Note 7 has been tipped to come with USB Type-C port.

If that happens, Samsung will be required to release a new Gear VR edition in order to continue the trend of bundling VR headsets with flagships. A new Gear VR has appeared on Zauba (via SamMobile), this one featuring the model number SM-R323. The VR headset launched with the Galaxy S7 models had the code name SM-R322.

It’s too early to say for sure if Samsung will actually launch a new Gear VR, but the Zauba listing seems to point in that direction. New information should surface over the next few weeks, and the August 2 debut of the Galaxy Note 7 will certainly disperse all uncertainties on this matter.

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