The first virtual reality headset based on Google’s new Daydream standalone platform is coming.

Lenovo has unveiled the Mirage Solo, a headset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 5.5 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel LCD display with a 75 Hz refresh rate and a 110 degree field of view.

Basically it puts the guts of a high-end 2017 smartphone into the body of a VR headset so that you don’t have to worry about inserting, removing, or adjusting the position of your phone.

It’s expected to sell for around $400 or less.

Of course, this wouldn’t be all that compelling if it didn’t offer some features you couldn’t get just by throwing your phone into a cheaper headset like Google’s Daydream View. That solution would certainly save you a few hundred dollars.

But the Lenovo Mirage Solo has a 4,000 mAh battery that provides up to 7 hours of battery life without running down your phone’s battery. And perhaps more importantly, it supports inside-out position tracking with 6 degrees of freedom, which means you won’t need to rely on motion controllers to actually walk, run, swim or fly in virtual reality games and experiences.

It’s compatible with existing Daydream-compatible VR content, but hopefully we’ll see new apps and games that take advantage of that position tracking in the future.

Other features include 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, a handheld motion controller, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The company has also introduced the Mirage Camera with Daydream, which is designed to let you shoot 3D and in Google’s new VR180 (180-degree photos and videos) format thanks to dual 180-degree fish eye cameras.

Lenovo hasn’t announced the price for the Mirage Camera yet.

Google notes that Lenovo isn’t the only company unveiling a new VR180 camera this week. There’s a new Yi Horizon VR180 camera coming soon as well.

 

 

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5 replies on “Lenovo Mirage Solo is a $400 Daydream VR headset (no phone required)”

  1. “Basically it puts the guts of a high-end 2017 smartphone into the body of a VR headset…”

    Yeah, FOR $400! How do these companies get people in the U.S. to Pay $800 for the same thing (less actually) when it’s in phone form? Isn’t it obvious they are ripping you off? So why do it? Yeah I know, the Apple Sheeple do it without question. But the the Apple thing has a strong political component to it. Android, not so much. People pay $400-$500 for a “mid-range” unlocked phone in the U.S. (equipped with e.g. SD625). Here in S.E. Asia we laugh at those prices. Same/better phones here are normally priced at half that U.S. price. There must be a reason why – other than just because they can get away with it. Taxes, patents, regulations, what? I’m curious.

      1. That was tried – and it failed. Basically the whole “Convergence” experiment which basically tried to dumb everyone’s desktop down to a phone – failed – just as many predicted.

  2. OK. That’s the first really interesting thing I’ve seen out of CES which I thought I might actually buy.
    Some of the TVs are interesting but the new TVs are always interesting and always cost more than I’m realistically willing to pay.

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