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Windows Central has given a detailed account of the specifications for the HoloLens, showing some hardware that belies the devices huge cost.

We have known about Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality device for a long time, and recently the hardware started rolling out to developers.

Despite Microsoft being really open about HoloLens since announcing it last year, the company has never detailed the specific specifications of the headset.

Windows Central has decided to do what Microsoft has not by offering a look at the HoloLens hardware and its spec list.

Considering all the reports and the fact we already know a lot about the device, none of the specs are particularly revelatory and the hardware is what most predicted it to be.

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Some outlets have previously claimed the processor is a Cherry Trail, but Windows Central suggests that it is in fact a Braswell Intel Atom from the Airmont family. The Holographic Processing Unit is where the spark for the HoloLens lies, a custom processor that can process terabytes of information in real time to produce the augmented reality environments the device offers.

OS: 32-bit Windows 10.0.11802.1033
CPU: Intel Atom x5-Z8100 Airmont, 1.04GHz
64-bit capable
GPU: HoloLens Processing Unit (HPU)
Dedicated Video Memory: 114 MB
Shared System Memory: 980 MB
Storage: 64GB (54.09 GB available)
App Memory Usage Limit: 900 MB
Battery: 16,500 mWh
Camera Photos: 2.4 MP (2048×1152)
Camera Video: 1.1 MP (1408×792)
Video Speed: 30 FPS

The processor is hardly going to pull up any trees clocked at 1.04GHz, but it is clearly enough to manage the HoloLens and the 32-bit operating system. In terms of RAM, there is 2GB providing the engine for the processors to do their thing.

64G of on board storage should be more than enough considering Microsoft will undoubtedly be pushing its own cloud storage options. Windows Central says it has already stored plenty of content on the system and has barely used up any storage.

The obvious question based on all this information is, how does the HoloLens cost $3000?

Well, the only examples available at the moment are development kits, and these are always more expensive than consumer examples. Microsoft has not discussed how much the HoloLens will be when it is launched to consumers later this year. Judging the hardware involved, is shouldn’t be quite as cost prohibitive as we originally thought it would be.