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Lenovo's Mirage Solo is a sexed-up standalone take on Google's Daydream VR

Lenovo's Mirage Solo is a sexed-up standalone take on Google's Daydream VR

Lenovo is also launching the Mirage Camera, a VR shooter with dual 13-megapixel fisheye lenses and a 180 x 180 field of view.

It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, has 4GB of RAM built-in and 64GB of storage.

Standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets have a lot of appeal. Right on the heels of yesterday's unveiling of an HTC Vive Pro VR headset, today Lenovo reveals it is nearly ready to release its own VR offerings with the Mirage Solo and the Mirage Camera with Daydream. You have to shove your smartphone into a headset, there are some weird UI things about operating it once it's in there, and you get interrupted by notifications sometimes. Early headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, even at their new lower price points, still cost a considerable amount of money.

You can capture video and upload it later, or you can use the Lenovo Mirage Camera to broadcast live on YouTube. "This gives you an ergonomic headset that looks and feels like something you want to wear".

Though the Mirage Solo sports positional tracking, the device may ultimately still be limited by its Wiimote-like controller, which is identical in layout to what ships with the Daydream View, Google's headset for smartphone-based mobile VR. Until we get a real VR app or game that grabs the attention of mainstream consumers, VR won't move the needle much for Lenovo or Google. Lenovo's Mirage Camera is small enough to fit in your pocket, and it weighs just 139g, so you can carry it with you anywhere.

This is what sets the Mirage Solo apart from Facebook's upcoming Oculus Go headset, which also doesn't require a computer or smartphone to work and is expected to launch this year.

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Once captured, the camera features integrated uploading to Google Photos and YouTube for easy sharing.

It was a just over two weeks ago that Lenovo's Mirage Solo headset stopped by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and on Tuesday, Lenovo made it official.

While Blade Runner: Revelations will be available for other Daydream headsets, it is of course "best experienced with the Lenovo Mirage Solo".

Introducing the product to journalists here on the sidelines of the CES 2018, Matt Bareda, Vice President, Marketing for PCs, AR/VR and Smart Devices at Lenovo said that its rollout in the second quarter would be a "game changer" that will bring in the hands of the users whatever is possible in the computing space.

Lenovo's Mirage takes advantage of Google's WorldSense inside-out tracking software, which translates your movements in the real world into the digital.

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