Google and Lenovo Unveil Mirage Solo – A Standalone VR Headset
The future of VR could be more independent and at the same time more affordable than HTC Vive or Oculus Rift
Google and Lenovo on Tuesday at CES 2018 unveiled a Daydream VR headset called the Mirage Solo. A first for the Daydream platform, the Mirage Solo can function standalone, meaning it doesn’t need a smartphone tether by cord or Bluetooth. It also has integrated positional tracking thanks to Google’s WorldSense, doing away with the need for any external sensors.
Lenovo’s headset will run on Google Daydream software, which means it will have access to the same VR apps and games as Daydream-compatible Android phones.
The Mirage Solo features a 5.5-inch QHD (2560×1440) display with 6DoF view, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and 4000mAh battery that promises 7 hours of battery life. The standalone VR headset doesn’t feature headphones, but has a 3.5mm headphone jack for you to pair your own.
The Mirage Solo provides a middle ground between headsets like the Oculus Go and premium VR gear such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The Mirage Solo isn’t capable of room-scale virtual reality like the experience offered by the Rift and the Vive, but wearers can still can duck and dodge when playing games and can walk around a little bit.
Google announced last June that Lenovo would make a headset, advancing Google’s phone-based mobile VR vision to a headset with its own built-in hardware.
Its price will be under $400, and is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2018, alongside Lenovo’s Mirage VR streaming camera, which is priced under $300.