Lenovo's Mirage Solo is the world's first Google-powered standalone VR headset

10 January, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Randy Kelley
  • Mirage Solo is the first VR headset which works without involving PCs or laptops

Lenovo today announced the Mirage Solo, the first standalone headset compatible with Google's Daydream virtual reality platform.

The Lenovo Mirage Solo also comes with a wireless Daydream controller, which acts as a unique and intuitive extension of your hand.

Lenovo expects the Mirage Camera to ship in Q2 and should cost less than $300.

The headset also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, a 5.5-inch QHD (2560x1440) display with 6DoF view, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. There's now plenty of decent content and apps on Google's Daydream platform, and if you're looking for a relatively low-priced and simple way into VR, this could be it. What that means is that the headset uses its own cameras and sensors, rather than ones mounted on the wall, to track your every movement in every direction.

Lenovo has revealed a pair of new devices to capture and view virtual reality content, under the company's Mirage sub-brand.

There's no need for you to connect the Mirage Solo to a powerful PC or phone, and the easy setup requires no wires or external sensors. Developed to leverage Google's new VR180 format, the stereoscopic, 3-D camera gives users an easy way to capture high-resolution, immersive video that lets anyone who views it immediately transport to new and awesome places. There's also some breathable padding in areas where the headset touches the skin, though it remains to be seen how fast that will become a grime depository. Lenovo meanwhile promised to introduce "an impressivesuite of apps that showcase the expanded Daydream ecosystem closer to the headset's availability".

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Google's solution is most akin to a point-and-shoot camera. The Mirage Camera is no headset, though it might look like a collapsed Google Cardboard.

Alongside the Mirage camera, Lenovo unveiled the world's first Daydream standalone VR headset, the Mirage Solo. Thanks to its dual 13MP fisheye cameras deliver a 3D stereoscopic effect by capturing the same image at two different angles.

The headset has a 2560 x 1440 resolution, which should prove pretty sharp, and a 110-degree field of view, which is a bit wider than the Samsung Gear VR but not quite as much as the HTC Vive.

The Mirage Solo will be available in spring 2018. We've done our best to sort through the best offers around on VR headsets and games to help you get the best price. In fact, it's a 180-degree camera only.

The Mirage Solo also has built-in casting support, so you can stream your virtual experiences to your TV for friends and family to follow along. Running Android 7.0 Nougat and Google's Daydream OS.

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