Today during the huge CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Lenovo took the wraps off even more gadgets by unveiling the new Lenovo Mirage Solo and Mirage Camera. The devices mark the first virtual reality products to come out of Lenovo and stand as some of the first standalone Daydream-compatible devices to reach the market.
Starting with the headset, the Mirage Solo doesn’t need a phone to work. Rather, it uses the available Daydream OS software with a 110-degree field of view, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, tracking cameras, and motion sensors to power VR experiences. This makes the device the first standalone VR headset to use Google’s Daydream platform.
Not only does the headset not require a smartphone to work, the Mirage Solo also doesn’t require any real-world tracking beacons to operate. All the required sensors come inside the headset itself, so all you have to do is turn it on and enjoy. To make this work, Lenovo uses Google’s WorldSense technology. This allows for inside-out positional tracking and, therefore, untethers your experience so you can move around freely.
According to Lenovo, the Mirage Solo will last up to seven hours on a single charge and has been weighted so your face doesn’t get tired after long sessions with it on. It also comes with a wireless remote control with a clickable trackpad and dedicated apps and home buttons. There’s also a volume rocker to control audio playback.
As for the camera, Lenovo calls it the Mirage Camera which lets you capture 4K 180-degree photos and videos for viewing in VR, such as with the Mirage Solo, using the dual 13MP 180-degree lenses on the front. It connects to your smartphone over a dedicated app to provide a viewfinder which will come in handy if you wanna see what you’re shooting. Three modes are present on the device: photo, video, and live broadcasting.
That’s right. With the Mirage Camera, you can live broadcast 180-degree video to such places as YouTube so your followers can see exactly what you’re seeing in real time. You also don’t need to hook your phone up; the camera comes with Wi-Fi and LTE on board so it can handle live streaming to the web by itself. Of course, there’s likely some type of setup necessary to make this feature work properly, but technically speaking, you won’t need your phone while actually using the feature.
Lenovo says they’re using the VR180 format Google created to record these pictures and video clips which is compatible with services such as YouTube and Google Photos. Your snaps can even be automatically uploaded to your Photos library if you wish.
If cloud libraries aren’t your thing, the camera comes with 16GB of onboard storage and can utilize up to a 128GB microSD card for storing even more content. The device uses Qualcomm’s Connected Camera Platform powered by a Snapdragon 626 SoC, 2GB of RAM, X9 LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 2200mAh that should last about two hours on a single charge. To top up, the camera has a USB-C port.
Lenovo says the Mirage Solo will cost below $400 when it lands to appeal to a more mainstream audience, while the Wi-Fi version of the Mirage Camera will cost below $300. Both should launch at roughly the same time during the second quarter of 2018.