Samsung lets slip that the Gear 360 Pro is definitely happening

It’s been a year since the Samsung Gear 360 was announced at the Mobile World Congress 2016 and it’s turned out to be one of the most popular and well received 360 cameras of the year. Its 4K quality 360 video and sharp stills make it one of the best value 360 cameras ever.

Rumours began circulating a few months ago that Samsung was preparing an updated version of its 360 camera named the Gear 360 Pro; these rumours were fueled by a shipping order from India that seemed to confirm the existence of the camera.

Still, we had no official word from Samsung to confirm that they were pushing ahead with a sequel to the Gear 360, until now. While Samsung made no major announcement about the Gear 360 Pro, according to a Samsung blog post Suk-Jea Hahn, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Global B2B Team  “introduced Samsung’s new Gear 360 Pro camera,” during this year’s Mobile World Congress.

This may have been an error and an announcement is actually due shortly, but it does seem to confirm that Samsung has developed the Gear 360 Pro and that it should be announced soon.

When will hear about the Gear 360 Pro?

This year’s Mobile Word Congress was notable for the absence of Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone. Samsung usually uses this event to announce its latest flagship handset. This year it will host its own event at the end of March, when it is almost assured that the Galaxy S8 will be the star of the show. Last year the Gear 360 was announced alongside the Galaxy S7, so it’s safe to assume the Gear 360 Pro will be announced alongside the new flagship smartphone. This is only speculation but it makes sense given recent events.

No detailed information on the Gear 360 Pro is available, but expect a boost in video size and quality as well as generally improved visuals. It would also be great if Samsung made it’s 360 camera compatible with all android devices, but that might be pushing it.

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