Alcatel was one of the many smartphone makers present at IFA 2016 in Berlin, but the main story at hand doesn’t revolve around the smartphone market, but rather the world of virtual reality. Alcatel introduced a new VR headset at IFA 2016 called the Alcatel VISION, and interestingly enough this particular product is, in fact, a standalone virtual reality headset powered by its own internal hardware. During the product’s announcement the company revealed that the headset is powered by an 8-core processor, but no other details regarding the system-on-chip have been confirmed. Fortunately for those who have been wondering precisely what silicon powers the headset, the answer came this week from Samsung Exynos on Twitter.
Needless to say, the Alcatel VISION headset is powered by one of Samsung’s in-house Exynos system-on-chips, specifically the Exynos 7420. This is the same silicon that was first released in the second quarter of 2015, and was used by smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S6 series, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and even the Meizu Pro 5. Spec-wise, the Exynos 7420 was created on a 14nm LPE manufacturing process, and conceals 4 Cortex-A57+ cores clocked at frequencies of up to 2.1 GHz, along with a secondary 4-core Cortex-A53 CPU operating at frequencies of up to 1.5 GHz. The processor is coupled with a Mali-T760 MP8 (8-cores) graphics chip boasting frequencies of 772 MHz and 210 GPU GFLOPS. Last but not least, the chipset supports LPDDR4 RAM with 24.88 GB/s bandwidth.
Additionally, the official Samsung Exynos Twitter page mentions that the All-in-one Alcatel VISION VR headset is equipped with 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of on-board storage, a 3,000 mAh battery, and two 3.8-inch AMOLED displays (one for each eye) outputting a resolution of 1080 x 1200 each, for a 120-degree field of view. Technically speaking, the Alcatel VISION should perform similarly to the Samsung Gear VR headset when powered by a Samsung Galaxy S6, but unlike the Gear VR, the Alcatel VISION is a standalone product that doesn’t require a smartphone to be placed inside. Clearly, the VISION isn’t aimed at the premium VR market where the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift fight for supremacy, but it’s rather a self-sufficent VR headset for mobile gaming and 360-degree contend consumption, and thankfully the Exynos 7420 already proved its worth in these areas.