For the first time in over three years, Microsoft is holding a press conference at the Mobile World Congress. No, it's not about a Surface Phone or a new Surface Pro. It is commonly believed that this conference will be the stage for revealing the next generation of HoloLen's mixed reality headset.
How to see
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The event is livestreamed and is embedded in the article for your viewing experience.
If you can't see it, live it for whatever reason, you can still watch the action and get regular updates by having some Twitter feeds open. Microsoft's Twitter account will be a good source and you can watch our Digital Trends account for regular updates of the messages.
We also have people on earth at the event and they will be the absolute best sources of revealing reactions and practical experience. In particular, make sure to follow Jeremy Kaplan as he goes hand in hand with everything Microsoft announces.
What to Expect
In the management of the Mobile World Congress, Alex Kipman, the inventor of HoloLens, released an exciting but cryptic teaser on his Twitter account. Although the 42-second long video does not go into specific details, it gave a look at what one thought could be a new processor and carbon fiber material on board the new headset. Like the previous marketing for Microsoft's Surface devices, it includes animations of melting metallic rings and small optical fibers that weave together in a larger piece. Initial media invite Microsoft press conference never mentioned HoloLens, but Kipman's teaser adds some assurance that it will be discussed.
& mdash; Alex Kipman (@akipman) February 11, 2019
We also expect the video to probably refer to a new A.I. machine learning co-processor that Microsoft previously confirmed would drive the next HoloLens. In addition, it is also based on earlier rumors that the next generation HoloLens can be thinner, lighter and come with a larger field of view. The next HoloLens can also be cheaper, as the current headset is priced at $ 3,000 and is currently used only in large companies, and even with the US Navy.
Other rumors have shown that HoloLens 2 could come with a Qualcomm processor on board, instead of Intel. Running on the new Snapdragon chipset will give the LTE connection to the headset as well as the entire battery life. It could bind to the Windows Core OS, which is the rumor of a more modular version of Windows 10 that you think might turn on the headset.
The event is confirmed to include Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, inventor HoloLens Alex Kipman and Corporate Vice President Julia White. You can expect these senior Microsoft executives to shed more light on the next version of HoloLens, and maybe even more.
We cover the event together with the rest of our MWC coverage throughout the week.