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First images of the Microsoft HoloLens 2 leak just hours before launch

The Microsoft HoloLens 2 is all set to be unveiled at MWC 2019. (Source: WalkingCat on Twitter)
The Microsoft HoloLens 2 is all set to be unveiled at MWC 2019. (Source: WalkingCat on Twitter)
The first images of the upcoming Microsoft HoloLens 2 have leaked online just hours before launch. While not much information is known about the new device, we are getting to see that Microsoft has focused on the ergonomics and a possible new menu tapping gesture. The new HoloLens might also be made available for consumers at sub-US$1,000 price points.

Microsoft scheduled to hold a presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today and the attendance of CEO Satya Nadella with HoloLens chief Alex Kipman has fueled expectations of a HoloLens 2 launch. The event is scheduled to begin in a couple of hours from now but photos of the alleged HoloLens 2 have already leaked online. 

The photos were posted by well-known Microsoft watcher WalkingCat on Twitter. We don't exactly know what the specs of the new device are but we do get an overall impression that Microsoft has focused on the ergonomics in this generation. What we do know is that Intel will not be developing a custom CPU for HoloLens 2 and the device is likely to be powered by an ARM chip of the likes of the Qualcomm XR1 alongside a dedicated holographic processing unit (HPU). This should enable more affordable versions of the device at a sub-US$1,000 price point.

It also looks like we will be seeing a camera and sensor layout similar to the old device. One new feature we get to see from these images is menu tapping, which is not available in the older version. One of the main problems that plagued the previous generation HoloLens was the limited field of view. Hopefully, Microsoft has remedied this issue in the new iteration.

The Microsoft HoloLens has found applications in design, medicine, and various other industries. Recently, Microsoft was awarded a US$480 million contract to develop the HoloLens for military applications but the Redmond-giant's employees have expressed dissent in this regard.

Of course, we can expect even more surprises at the actual event, which is scheduled to begin at 18:00 CET (9 AM PT) today. We'll be sure to get you all the juicy details as they unfold so stay tuned.

(Source: WalkingCat on Twitter)
(Source: WalkingCat on Twitter)
(Source: WalkingCat on Twitter)
(Source: WalkingCat on Twitter)
(Source: WalkingCat on Twitter)
(Source: WalkingCat on Twitter)
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-02-24 (Update: 2019-02-24)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.