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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.
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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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Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-02-24 (Update: 2019-02-24)