Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon XR2 Platform For Advanced Applications

By Kunwar Kunal

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon XR2 SoC which is an extended reality platform. The chipset incorporates Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 processor which greatly improves chip performance and graphics. With XR2, the graphics engine gets highly optimized featuring 1.5 times the pixel rate and 3 times the texel rate, offering lively visuals.


Qualcomm is currently working with five manufacturers for hardware compatible with the XR2 platform. The products featuring the XR2 platform will likely begin rolling out in the second half of 2020 said Hugo Swart, head of Qualcomm XR. However, it should be noted that Qualcomm hasn't released the names of the manufacturers for the product and there is still no completed design for reference.

The XR2 platform can efficiently support up to seven concurrent cameras. In case, the makers design smartphones incorporating up to seven sensors, XR2 SoC will make an ideal choice. The latest chip also improves AI processing by 11 times and offers video bandwidth by 4 times improved, which together will offer real-life videos.

As the chip can control more cameras, it is hence capable to precisely capture face parts in real-time along with 26-point skeletal hand tracking. The SoC offers low-latency video streaming, allowing the users to interact perfectly with the virtual world while being connected to the real world, simultaneously.

Using the XR2 platform, you can capture 8K 360-degree videos at 60fps and 4k videos at 120fps. The new chip also offers support to 5G connectivity which is for the first time Qualcomm has ever introduced for the XR world.

Since the chip supports 5G, it is likely that the XR headsets will be available at cheaper price options in contrast to standalone headsets. For the audio part, the chip comes with a low-power Hexagon DSP to offer 3D spatial sound, improved voice activation, and custom-built always-on which together generates unmatchable sound.


At the same time, we know that Niantic is working with Qualcomm for the AR project, but hasn't given away many details. The company has confirmed that it is working on a "multi-year joint collaboration on an integrated design spanning AR glasses reference hardware, software, and cloud-components." It will be based on the Niantic Creator Program for AR app developers.

Extended Reality (XR) refers to real and virtual combined environments and human interactions with a machine, which gets generated by computer technology and gadgets. XR platform comprises augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and virtual reality (VR).

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