Lenovo Mirage Solo is the World's First Standalone Daydream VR Headset

Lenovo Mirage Solo is the World's First Standalone Daydream VR Headset

That's notable because of the much cheaper Oculus Go, the standalone VR headset made by Facebook and Xiaomi that is supposed to go on sale early this year.

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The Mirage Solo's black-and-white design looks a little like Samsung's Gear VR, but with a headband shape that's similar to the Sony PlayStation VR or Samsung Odyssey. It also promises a 110-degree field of view, an advanced blur-free display, and up to seven hours of battery life on a single charge. Part of that is due to the use of more advanced technology. Leveraging on Google Daydream, the Mirage Solo headset also features WorldSense, the motion-tracking technology that allows for incredibly immersive VR experiences without being tethered to a PC.

With inside-out positional tracking technology, aka WorldSense, you can move around and explore virtual environments very naturally, leaning, dodging and ducking through space.

What this means for average users is you have absolute freedom to enjoy VR anywhere.

And then there's the Mirage Camera.

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However, it is not a traditional gaming laptop despite having the same design language as per the company's Blade gaming laptops. That said, Razer's intent is to provide "enhanced productivity and differentiated gaming experiences" with Project Linda .

The Mirage Solo's smooth plastic exterior, which sports an adjustable head strap, houses hardware powerful enough to drive VR apps and games.

The problem, though, is that, like other VR headsets, there still isn't a killer app for Daydream VR.

Outside of that it appears as though the standalone and phone-based versions of Daydream VR will run the same software.

It's powered by a Snapdragon 626 chipset, and includes a 2,200mAh battery that's charged via USB Type-C. There's also some breathable padding in areas where the headset touches the skin, though it remains to be seen how fast that will become a grime depository.

The Mirage Solo is definitely bigger than a regular VR headset, but is still relatively compact when you consider all that it's packing inside.

At CES, Lenovo and Google companies also announced the Mirage Camera with Daydream, a small point-and-shoot camera that can capture 3D photos and videos, according to the release. This VR180 system was developed initially for YouTube as a way to record and play video that would look perfectly normal on any "flat" display, like a computer monitor or smartphone, but still had the 3D effect when watched inside a VR headset. This would be good if you are wanting to get some great immersive images that you want to share in virtual reality later on. It will sell for $449, and is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2018, alongside Lenovo's Mirage VR streaming camera.

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