The Meta Quest Pro 2 will be developed as a successor to the company’s first premium XR handset in partnership with the South Korean tech conglomerate, according to a report. The wearable is said to be more powerful — and more expensive — than its predecessor, and will compete with the Apple Vision Pro and other advanced mixed reality headsets said to be in development. The second generation of Meta handsets will reportedly use a user interface (UI) based on LG’s webOS instead of the company’s Quest UI.

Korea Economic Daily report (in Korean), citing an industry official that Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and LG Electronics CEO Cho Ju-wan will meet on Wednesday ahead of the companies’ plan to use LG’s hardware and software technology — together with Facebook’s parent company’s metaverse technology – to launch the “best-performing XR headset” in Q1 2025, “surpassing” Apple’s Vision Pro headset.

News of the alleged LG-Meta alliance first surfaced in September 2023 with a report stating that the device would be priced at $2,000 (roughly Rs. 1.65 lakh), or almost double the price of the headset The first-gen Quest Pro at the time — the latter was initially launched at $1,499 (roughly Rs. 1.24 lakh) in 2022.

However, LG hardware won’t be the only technology from the company to make its way into the alleged handsets. The report states that Meta is considering integrating LG’s webOS software instead of the Quest UI – this could be useful if the company wants to compete with Apple’s Vision Pro visionOS or Samsung’s alleged Infinte XR headset.

As part of the alleged alliance, Meta’s AI technology will also make its way into some of LG’s products. The report states that Zuckerberg’s first visit to South Korea in a decade will be to discuss XR headphones, and that the companies are expected to announce plans to team up to produce Meta’s next premium XR headphones.

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