According to the latest tweet from Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst at Tianfeng Securities, Meta’s Quest 2 Pro mixed reality headset is expected to be cheaper than Apple’s rumored AR device. Guo said in a tweet that Meta is expected to use mini-LED technology and a 2P Pancake lens for the Quest 2 Pro to improve visual quality.
While Apple’s AR headset is rumored to use micro- OLED, which is expensive to manufacture and integrate, the Quest 2 Pro is taking a different direction, which isn’t a bad strategy, provided it doesn’t compromise image quality and viewing experience.
The Quest 2 Pro will also support eye-tracking, facial expressions, and 3D sensing, all thanks to the inclusion of up to 16 cameras, 10 of which are on the headset and three on each controller. Additional cameras will support multiple technologies simultaneously, enabling mixed reality immersive sessions including AR and VR applications.
Mr. Guo believes that the price of the Quest 2 Pro will be $799 or more, which is relatively modest compared to the rumored price of Apple’s AR glasses. Some reports suggest that Apple’s head-mounted wearable could cost as much as $3,000. In terms of processing power, the Quest 2 Pro may lack some much-needed power, as Kuo predicts Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 will power the headset.
In contrast, Apple’s AR headset is said to have two SoCs, a 4nm and a 5nm, both of which will perform different tasks, and the device is said to be on par with the company’s M1 chip. Mass production of the Quest 2 Pro could begin in the third quarter of 2022, with a possible launch in the fourth quarter. Shipments are likely to reach about 2 million units, giving Meta a time lead over Apple.
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