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Microsoft's HoloLens 2 may go on sale in September

Executive vice president Harry Shum revealed the on-sale month in a Shanghai speech, according to Reuters, but Microsoft wouldn't confirm a release date.

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Microsoft's second generation HoloLens is coming in September.

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Microsoft revealed its HoloLens 2 at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and now we know when we'll be able to get our hands on it. During a speech at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, executive vice president Harry Shum revealed that its next-generation augmented reality headsets goes on sale in September, Reuters reported.

The updated HoloLens is available to preorder for $3,500 (about £2,700 or AU$4,900), and comes four years after the original version. The new one is more comfortable, and has a greater field of view and better eye and hand tracking, according to CNET's Ian Sherr and Scott Stein.

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In an emailed statement, Microsoft confirmed that HoloLens 2 will begin shipping later this year, but didn't confirm that it'll arrive in September.

"We have started collecting expressions of interest for HoloLens 2 preorders and, as part of our standard practice for gathering feedback, have shared near-final prototypes with some customers, but have not announced a date for general availability," a spokesperson wrote.

First published at Aug. 29 at 2:06 a.m. PT.
Updated at Aug. 30 at 3:50 a.m. PT: Adds Microsoft statement.