Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream VR headset launched at CES 2018

Doug Carpenter
January 10, 2018

YI Horizon VR180 seamlessly integrates with YouTube and Google Photos so viewers can easily activate a VR experience when viewed with Google Cardboard, Daydream, PSVR, and a number of other certified VR viewers. The feature works similar to how Windows Mixed Reality's motion tracking works, and it really takes the VR experience to a whole new level as you don't need to bother with setting up all the sensors, plus be able to move around wherever you want. Lenovo says that they believe this is a better option for viewing photos in virtual reality, and also easier to use.

If you're also interested in creating virtual reality content to play on the Mirage Solo or other existing headsets, the Lenovo Mirage Camera with Daydream is on display at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show too. Look beyond the captured hemisphere's edges and the software platform smoothly fades your view into a background - an effect that's so noticeable that you'll nearly automatically cease to try and look any further, as we found when testing with the Lenovo Mirage Solo headset (pictured above). It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, offers 4 GB of RAM, an on-board memory of 64 GB expandable via a microSD slot, and Wi-Fi connectivity. This gives you the maneuverability of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on the go.

Lenovo Mirage Camera for You Tube VR streaming

The visual fidelity provided by the wide 110-degree field of view of its 2,560 x 1,440 LCD display was immediately noticeable. These also sport f/2.1 apertures, so they aren't going to give you insane depth of field like some of the other smartphones on the market right now, but you will get some crisp images.

VR footage from a 360-degree camera typically feels held away from the action.

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

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.

Lenovo is expecting to charge "under $300" for this camera, which seems like a decent price (and that is for the WiFi model, the LTE model doesn't have pricing yet).

The Mirage Solo will cost below $400 when it goes on sale in Q2, though an exact price is yet to be confirmed.

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