It has been a while since Microsoft launched an updated model of its HoloLens mixed reality headset and if a new report is to be believed, the company might do that early next year. The report claims that Microsoft is developing a next-generation HoloLens headset that it’s likely going to release in the first quarter of 2019. The project is reportedly being referred to “Sydney” inside the company.

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Brad Sams over at Thurrott reports, based on documents he viewed, that Microsoft is aiming to release its next-generation HoloLens mixed reality headset in Q1 2019. The device is said to be lighter and more comfortable to wear than its predecessor and will feature significantly improved holographic displays.

Those who decided against picking up a HoloLens because of the price would be happy to know that its successor is also expected to be priced significantly lower than the current HoloLens headset.

It’s unclear, though, whether the Q1 2019 timeframe is for the general availability of the new HoloLens or the developer preview. It’s quite possible that Microsoft may send out the device to developers first before it releases the new HoloLens to consumers as well.

Microsoft hasn’t confirmed or denied the report so there’s no reason to believe right now that it may not launch the new HoloLens in the expected timeframe.

Filed in Gadgets. Read more about Hololens and Microsoft.

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