Qualcomm has announced its latest platforms, the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 and Snapdragon AR1 Gen 1 processors, designed for virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and smart glasses. The Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 offers graphics performance up to 2.5 times greater than its predecessor and is 50% more power-efficient. It also features improved temperature control to prevent overheating. Additionally, it enhances artificial intelligence capabilities with an eight times larger Hexagon Neural Processing Unit (NPU) and supports Wi-Fi 7 and Wi-Fi 6E, reducing power consumption and latency.

On the other hand, the Qualcomm Snapdragon AR1 Gen 1 is the first chip exclusively created for smart glasses. This chip promises to enhance the glasses’ cameras, enabling video capture of up to 6 MP resolution and offering features such as computational HDR and portrait mode. It also improves voice recognition, noise cancellation in calls, and color display playback. This chip will be included in the second generation of Ray-Ban smart glasses.

These processors will be available in devices developed by Meta, such as the upcoming Quest 3, as well as in the second generation of Ray-Ban smart glasses. With these advancements, Qualcomm aims to enhance the functionality and performance of VR, AR, and smart glasses.


[1] Qualcomm presenta los nuevos procesadores Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 y Snapdragon AR1 Gen 1 (Translated: Qualcomm introduces new processors Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 and Snapdragon AR1 Gen 1). Retrieved from https://hipertextual.com/2021/12/qualcomm-presenta-snapdragon-xr2-gen-2-snapdragon-ar1-gen-1