Lenovo has reportedly taken the wraps off the first standalone VR headset, which is based on Google’s Daydream platform. The headset – called Lenovo’s Mirage Solo – comes with the support for the same experiences as delivered by other Daydream headsets.
The major difference between Mirage Solo and the others is that the former is a standalone piece of hardware. Furthermore, Mirage Solo also allows users to talk around in the virtual space through the use of ‘World Sense’ tracking. The price for Mirage Solo is expected to be somewhere under $400 and will be shipped by mid-2018.
According to a report published by The Verge, Google introduced its line-up of standalone Daydream headsets at 2016’s I/O conference. Individuals got a glimpse of the internal prototype of the product. However, the latest announcement provides a complete picture of what can be expected.
The Mirage Solo is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Virtual Reality (VR) platform. On the memory front, the device consists of 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage and can deliver up to 7 hours of life on single charge. The headset weighs about 645 grams, which makes it the heaviest VR headset in the market. The headset also features a display, whose size is about 5.5-inch with LCD technology and 1280 x 1440 pixels resolution.
The headset comes in a singular and standard black-and-white look. There are two front-facing cameras on the front, which are meant to handle tracking through the use of technology drawn from Google’s Tango program. As per the press release provided by the companies, “The Mirage Solo’s play has a diameter of around 5 feet (1.5 meters). That’s far less space than you’d get on high-end tethered headsets like the HTC Vive, which lets you move up to 16 feet diagonally, but it’s still a reasonable range of motion if the tracker works as well as the prototype we tried,” the Verge reported.