Microsoft HoloLens: Australian Specs, Pricing And Release Date

In March, Microsoft opened up pre-orders for the HoloLens, its mixed reality headset, to developers in Canada and the US. Now Microsoft is gearing up to launch the HoloLens Development Edition and Commercial Edition in Australia. We have the specs for the device as well as the details on the pricing and release date.

The Microsoft HoloLens was unveiled nearly two years ago and the headset has been garnering a lot of attention for its gaming, commercial and research applications

It's been a long wait, but you can finally pre-order the headset here in Australia. The Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition don't come cheap (pricing and availability information at below) and the Commercial Edition, which has enterprise specific features, is even more expensive.

Here's what comes in the box with the Development Edition:

  • Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition headset
  • Clicker
  • Carrying case
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Charger
  • Micro-USB 2.0 cable

The Commercial Edition contains everything in the Development Edition but with the following added features:

  • Kiosk mode to limit which apps can run for demo and showcase purposes.
  • Mobile device management (MDM) capabilities for IT departments to manage the Hololens simultaneously
  • Azure Active Directory and next generation credentials management PIN unlock
  • Windows Update for Business with controlled operating system updates to devices and support for long term service branch
  • BitLocker data encryption and secure boot is enabled on HoloLens to provide the same level of security protection as any other Windows device
  • Remote connection support so organisations can connect to corporate networks through a virtual private network on the HoloLens.
  • Windows Store for Business

The Specs

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Microsoft Hololens
OS Windows 10
Dimensions 143.8mm x 69.5mm x 8.6 mm
Weight 579g
Processor Intel 32-bit architecture. Custom-built Microsoft Holographic Processing Unit (HPU 1.0)
Memory 64GB Flash, 2GB RAM (2GB CPU and 1GB HPU)
Optics
  • See-through holographic lenses (waveguides)
  • 2 HD 16:9 light engines
  • Automatic pupillary distance calibration
  • Holographic Resolution: 2.3M total light points
  • Holographic Density: >2.5k radiants (light points per radian)
Sensors
  • 1 x IMU
  • 4 x environment understanding cameras
  • 1 x depth camera
  • 1 x 2MP photo/HD vide camera
  • Mixed reality capture
  • 4 x microphones
  • 1 x ambient light sensor
Human Understanding Spatial sound, Gaze tracking, Gesture input and Voice support
Input/Output
  • Built-in speakers
  • Audio 3.5mm jack
  • Volume up/down
  • Brightness up/down
  • Power button
  • Battery status LEDs
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Micro-USB 2.0
  • cable
Battery Life 2-3 hours of active use, up to 2 weeks of stanby time. Fully functional when charging

Pricing And Availability

The Development Edition costs $4,369 and the Commercial Suite costs $7,269. The device will start to ship in late November and you can pre-order it through the Microsoft Store Online or at the physical store.


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