Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Lenovo debuts the Mirage Solo, its standalone Daydream VR headset

Lenovo debuts the Mirage Solo, its standalone Daydream VR headset

Lenovo today announced the world's first self-contained virtual reality headset powered by Google's Daydream VR platform. Though the Solo first showed up in an FCC filing last month, Lenovo had the headset on display at CES this week and offered more information about the upcoming tech.

In addition to the Mirage Solo headset, Lenovo is also launching a product for those who wish to create and share virtual reality experiences. The Mirage Solo uses the same Daydream controller as the official model to control the virtual world around you.

The Mirage Solo is priced at $449.99 and is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of 2018.

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With a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on board, as well as a 2560 x 1440 pixel display inside across both eyes, it sounds a lot like a typical 2017 flagship phone.

On front of the headset, there are two cameras, which undoubtedly will be used to merge Google's AR and VR aspirations - possibly even something akin to Lenovo's Star Wars Jedi Challenges experience? While phone-based headsets have more freedom of movement, they are limited to what the phone's motion and gyro sensors are able to detect. That should be enough storage for plenty of images, but there is also a micro SD card slot in case you need some more storage. 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 unbelievable places.

The problem, though, is that, like other VR headsets, there still isn't a killer app for Daydream VR. The area that touches your face and forehead is a soft breathable padding with comfort in mind. It runs at 75Hz, and the lenses have 110-degree field of view (FOV).

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Google's solution is most akin to a point-and-shoot camera. Don't expect the Mirage Solo's visuals to look crystal clear, though.

As for the specs, the Lenovo Mirage Solo is pretty powerful. Of course you can turn around to fully take in 180-degree video shot on the Mirage camera, or 360-degree content produced elsewhere.

In addition to the Mirage Solo, Lenovo has also introduced the Mirage Camera with Daydream. Pricing information has not yet been announced, though Lenovo has said it will cost under $400. Speaking of launch, it's slated for Q2 2018, and it is going to be available in the same Moonlight White color.

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The camera also comes with the Qualcomm Connected Camera Platform, including dual cameras, built-in Wi-Fi, and an X9 LTE cellular modem, the release noted.

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