At Lenovo's press event at CES 2018 in Las Vegas today, the company introduced the Mirage Solo and Mirage Camera, for consuming and creating virtual reality content, respectively. The Mirage Solo is a standalone Google Daydream headset, something that was initially teased at Google's I/O developer conference last year.
In fact, it's the very first standalone VR headset to use the platform, and it uses a new chipset from Intel: the Snapdragon 835 VR Platform. Qualcomm has said before that there will be different versions of its chipsets, and the 835 VR Platform is the third Snapdragon 835 to exist.
The big benefit to the Mirage Solo is that you get six degrees of freedom - meaning that you can move up, down, forward, backward, left, or right - without being tethered to something. With many current VR solutions, you need to be tethered to a PC, and anyone that's used one of these knows that the cables just get in the way.
The device comes with a wireless Daydream controller, "which acts as a unique and intuitive extension of your hand." It includes a trackpad, home buttons, and a volume rocker. You can also change its functionality from app to app. For example, Lenovo says that you can use it as a baseball bat or a steering wheel in certain virtual reality scenarios.
Aside from the Snapdragon 835, specs include 4GB RAM and 64GB UFS, expandable by up to 256GB. The display is a 5.5-inch 75Hz 1440p LCD with a 110-degree field of view, and the device contains a 4,000mAh battery.
And then there's the Mirage Camera. If it's not entirely obvious, it's a camera that's made for capturing 360-degree video, which is perfect for viewing in virtual reality. It contains dual 13MP f/2.1 cameras that can record videos at up to a 4K resolution at 30fps.
It's powered by a Snapdragon 626 chipset, and includes a 2,200mAh battery that's charged via USB Type-C. It contains 2GB RAM and 16GB of eMMC2 storage, which can be expanded by up to 128GB.
The Mirage Solo with Daydream will be available for under $400 in the second quarter of this year. The Mirage Camera will be available in the same timeframe, but with a Wi-Fi only model for less than $300. There will also be a cellular-connected variant of the Camera, but pricing was not provided.
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