Lenovo's Mirage Solo delivers Daydream VR without the phone

Doris Richards
January 12, 2018

The Mirage Solo is a standalone headset that runs on its own, without requiring a smartphone to be connected to it.

However, the Mirage Solo also improves on the Daydream concept with Google's WorldSense cameras on the front, which grant the headset six degrees of freedom for more in-depth gaming interactions.

The Mirage Solo stands as the first stand-alone headset offering that is part of Google's Daydream platform; an ill-fated offering from HTC was announced and subsequently cancelled previous year. The VR headset is equipped with a single 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 LCD panel with 75Hz refresh rate and two Fresnel-Aspheric lenses to provide a wide 110-degree field of view. It sports 4 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM) and 64 GB of storage for apps and multimedia content, with SD card slot to expand the storage to up to 256 GB.

"It's based on years of investment in simultaneous localization and mapping, and it enables PC-quality positional tracking on a mobile device without the need for any additional external sensors".

Although the VR headset does not include built-in headphones, it makes up for it by adding a traditional headphone jack where users can plug in their own headphones or earbuds.

The companies are also touting the comfort and ergonomics of the Mirage Solo, with "breathable, insulated contoured padding" for all the areas that come in contact with a user's face and head, and packaging a wireless Daydream controller in the box. It will act as a unique and intuitive extension of the user's hand, and it features a clickable trackpad, app and home buttons, and a volume rocker.

Sources indicate an MSRP for the headset of around $400 Dollars, with a mid-year release. The controller is a lot like Google's Daydream VR controller and serves the same objective. The Mirage Camera is a VR180 camera that can capture VR images and videos that you can later watch on the Mirage Solo. Your two eyes will get to try Lenovo's devices in the second quarter of this year.

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