Qualcomm announces more details about Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2

At a recent Connect event, Meta divulged intricate details about the Quest 3 and announced a collaboration with Ray-Ban on a new smart glasses model. Both these devices employ Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 and Snapdragon AR1 Gen 1 processors, respectively.

The Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 processor boasts a GPU performance that is 2.5 times superior to its predecessor, with artificial intelligence computation capabilities surging eightfold. In a full-passthrough display mode, it achieves a latency performance of 12 milliseconds, supporting a staggering monocular resolution of up to 3000 x 3000, all while reducing power consumption by half.

From a design perspective, the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 processor is compatible with up to ten camera modules and sensors, ensuring precise positioning and tracking. The chip is also integrated with a state-of-the-art image processor to amplify rendering capabilities. Furthermore, it supports Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 wireless standards and incorporates the Snapdragon Sound technology for enriched auditory experiences.

On the other hand, the Snapdragon AR1 Gen 1 processor is heralded for its elevated artificial intelligence computational prowess within devices akin to glasses. It offers Wi-Fi 7 connectivity with peak data transfer rates of 5.8Gbps and showcases augmented vivid imagery. Its photographic capabilities encompass capturing static images at 12 megapixels and videos at 6 megapixels.

The in-built image processor facilitates features such as HDR, portrait mode, auto-focus, and auto-exposure. It renders a monocular visual resolution of up to 1280 x 1280, supports 3DoF spatial tracking, and couples artificial intelligence-assisted computations with an eight-microphone array for enhanced noise cancellation.

For a limited duration, the Snapdragon AR1 Gen 1 processor will be exclusively employed in the smart glasses resulting from the Meta and Ray-Ban alliance, before being made accessible to other manufacturers for incorporation in their products.