Microsoft news blog, Windows Central, has managed to take a deep dive into the company’s first entry into the consumer holographic tech, the HoloLens, while simultaneously figuring out the majority of the device’s specs.
The publication used system information tool AIDA64, to find out the technical details of the HoloLens. More specifically, an Intel Atom x5-Z8100 clocked at 1.04 GHz is powering the device, accompanied by 2GB of RAM — 900MB app usage limit —, 64GB of storage, 16,500 mWh battery, 2.4 MP (2048×1152) photos and 1.1 MP (1408×792) video at 30FPS.
Redmond’s CPU and RAM options have raised questions and doubts from various industry experts, as 2GB could prove severely inefficient whilst undertaking a slew of heavy tasks, while the processor, primarily seen in budget-friendly tablets and smartphones, is considered obsolete, after Intel announced it is discontinuing the variant a couple of days ago.
In addition to killing off the Atom series, Intel also stated that it is canceling Broxton as well, which was the platform that the next-gen Atoms were supposed to be based on. This event opens the door for other mobile CPU makers to join the project in the future, since Microsoft will be on the hunt for a replacement in the coming months.
On the bright side, 64 gigs is an adequate amount of space, allowing users to download a substantial amount of holographic-enabled software on the headset.
Pricing and Availability
At the moment, MSFT has limited the HoloLens solely to Windows Insider program members located in the U.S. or Canada, which in return are required eto provide the company with constructive feedback, thus enhancing the product before the official roll-out.
Developer kits are available for purchase — after your application is accepted — at a whopping $3,000 from Microsoft’s website, while the respective units have already started shipping.
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Source: Windows Central