HoloLens 2 Gets 5G Support Via Dongle

HoloLens 2

Not the most ideal of ways, but what can you do? The HoloLens 2 augmented reality headset has all kinds of upgraded hardware circuitry, but cellular connectivity was not one of its draws.

The headset is powered by the Snapdragon 850 chipset. And naturally, it was assumed that it would have cellular access, as this chip has an integrated cellular modem. But this assumption turned out to be incorrect, as HoloLens 2 arrived on the scene as a WiFi only machine.

But that’s changing now.

Microsoft MR director Greg Sullivan has confirmed to CNET that HoloLens 2 users will soon be able to connect to 4G LTE or even 5G networks via a USB dongle that will let them tether to any phone or mobile hotspot via USB.

This is coming as part of Windows Holographic version 2004.

Of course, that’s just one of the features planned for this version of the OS. The May 2020 Update for this device packs plenty of other new additions, like support for FIDO Security Key that will let you easily sign in without having to type a password.

Speaking of signing in, Windows Autopilot is already on its way, added in preview earlier this month. This lets devices in your organization be set up right away via Azure AD.

Dark Mode is also here and accounted for, letting you get a dark theme on in apps like Settings, the Microsoft Store, Mail & Calendar, File Explorer, among others.

Windows Holographic version 2004 should be rolling out very soon. In the meantime, you can check out the link above for the full release notes of what this new version enables for the headset.

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