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Galaxy Note 9 will need a new Gear VR headset

By Jules Wang August 27, 2018, 4:38 pm

With the Galaxy Note 9‘s announcement, there was quite an oversight that a lot of us in tech media have not caught on to: the phone does not clasp into place when inserted into the latest-generation Gear VR headset.

If you’ve been looking at getting a Note 9 with a Gear VR headset, we’re passing on this finding from what some XDA-Developers forum users have been talking about. Specifically, senior member mrnovanova learned from a Samsung service representative in a support chat:

Rep: As of our information the Note 9 is not compatible to Gear VR.

mrnovanova: Sure So why did all the fear VR software come preinstalled That doesn’t make any sense

Rep: Yes, it is installed but there will be new gear VR released to the note 9 device in soon and as of now the Note 9 is not compatible to the Gear VR.

Samsung hasn’t made it abundantly clear that users can get an adapter to make the Note 9 fit into the latest Gear VR headset free of charge by contacting 1-800-SAMSUNG, but that is an option to take. One person on XDA even took a dremel to their headset to make room for the phone. Another has suggested that 80 grit sandpaper can even work, though we’d be wary of warranty validity at that point.

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As for that future headset, we might expect it to be called “Galaxy VR” instead.

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