Google Allegedly Developing AR Headset Competitor To Microsoft HoloLens

Back in 2015, Microsoft announced the HoloLens to the world as an augmented reality (AR) headset that has mainly been used in industrial applications for training and design. Although it's doubtful that HoloLens is setting sales records for Microsoft, its impact in some critical industries has Google itching to provide its own competitive offering.

According to WinFuture, the AR headset will be fully self-contained without needing to be tethered to a PC. The device will reportedly be powered by a Qualcomm processor, although it wouldn’t be a Snapdragon processor as we've see in standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets. Instead, the device is said to be power by a Qualcomm QSC603 processor, which is targeted at the IoT market. The quad-core chip features two Kryo 300 Gold cores (Cortex-A75) operating at 1.6GHz and two Kryo 300 Silver cores (Cortex-A55) running at 1.7GHz. The SoC is capable of outputting content at up to WQHD resolutions at reasonable frame rates.

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Microsoft HoloLens

The QSC603 is a thoroughly modern SoC design built on the latest 10nm LPE process and includes an Adreno 615 GPU, Hexagon 685 Vector Processor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and support for Bluetooth 5.1. According to WinFuture, a more powerful QSC605 processor (which is an octa-core design) could also be a possibility.

The unnamed AR headset is simply called the Google A65 at this stage in its development and will be built by Quanta. The headset would include a number of cameras and microphones to aid in immersion and has support for voice commands, likely courtesy of the Google Assistant.

If you recall, Google already has dabbled in the AR field with Google Glass, which launched way back in 2013. However, the device garnered a lot of criticism and became the butt of many jokes -- as did the "glassholes" that wore them in public. Last year, an updated Enterprise Edition of Google Glass was released.