We’re up bright and early to get to Barcelona for Microsoft’s MWC 2019 event today. Forgive any typos – we’re really tired. But a supposed HoloLens 2 leak may give us an early peak at what to expect.
Twitter user WalkingCat has posted supposed images of HoloLens 2. There’s no source for the information right now so take it with a grain of salt, but we’ll know whether it’s fake or not in a few hours.
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) February 24, 2019
In terms of design, it definitely looks smaller and sleeker than the original HoloLens, though not by much. WalkingCat doesn’t have any specs to go with the images. We’re expecting an improved field of view (FOV) at the very least, though. The leakster says to also expect videos of the kit later on in the day.
HoloLens is an AR headset that projects virtual objects into the real world via see-through lenses. The first edition of the device has been available as a developer edition for the past few years. We wouldn’t expect this one to be a consumer-level kit either.
Most importantly, we’ll be interested to see how HoloLens 2 stacks up next to Magic Leap One. That much-anticipated AR headset launched late last year as a Creator Edition. It’s relatively comparable to the original HoloLens specs, so Microsoft has a chance to leapfrog it here.
Microsoft’s event kicks off at 5pm CET. Expect Technical Fellow Alex Kipman to take the stage to talk about the big update. After that we’ll hopefully have a chance to try it for ourselves.