Microsoft HoloLens is a highly anticipated piece of technology seeing that it is going to be the first wearable holographic computer. However, its specs of its dev kit were unknown and with a price tag of $3,000, one couldn’t help but wonder what will power it up.
One of the media was able to get its hands on one of the dev units that started to sell earlier this year and the specs include a 64-bit capable Intel Atom x5-Z8100 14nm Airmont CPU, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage out of which 54.09 GB is user-accessible. It uses a 16,500 mWh battery with a 1.1MP video camera that records 1408 x 792 up to 30 FPS and 2.4MP photo camera. The detailed specifications are as follows:
Though the CPU is 64bit capable, the Windows 10 OS on the Hololens is 32bit. Initially, it was assumed that the HoloLens will run on Intel Cherrytrail and then Braswell. But it is unknown for now what Intel would be using in the retail variants known that the chipmaking giant axed off future Atom processors Broxton and SoFIA.
If you compare with certain handsets, you will ask the question why is it so expensive. While the common components aren’t something out of the ordinary, the holoLens simply doesn’t run on those components and a see-through display with a couple of cameras alone. It will require a lot of subsystems to manage eye-tracking and have multiple sensors to work in real-time for the HoloLens to perform satisfactorily. Unlike many VR headsets we see, this is a complete unit that does not need to run on a separate device and it has a built-in power which gives the freedom of mobility. The possibility of augmented reality that a headset can provide is very exciting since its applications are beyond entertainment.
You should also note that this unit is a dev kit variant, so maybe the retail variant could be brought down cheaper thanks to the magic of mass production.