Updated, 3/16/2018, 6:55am PT: B&H Photo Video listed the Mirage Solo on its website. The retailer gives the HMD an expected release date of May 11 with a $400 price tag. The Mirage Solo has yet to appear on other sellers' websites, however, and Lenovo hasn't confirmed these details.
Original article, 1/9/2018, 11:15am PT:
LAS VEGAS, NV -- Last May, at the Google I/O conference, Google discussed the next stage of the roadmap for its Daydream VR platform. The company announced that it worked with Qualcomm to create a reference design to help partners create standalone Daydream headsets powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest SoC and features inside-out tracking. HTC was supposed to bring its standalone Daydream headset to the market in late 2017, but the company cancelled its plans. Lenovo also announced that it would bring a standalone Daydream headset to market, but the company didn’t reveal any specifics about the device, until now.
Lenovo’s standalone Daydream headset is called the Mirage Solo. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR SoC and 4GB of memory. The device also includes 64GB of internal storage and a memory card slot that supports MicroSDTM cards up to 256GB for additional storage. The headset also includes a 5.5" 2560 x 1440 75Hz LCD and two Fresnel-Aspheric lenses that provide up to a 110-degree field of view. The whole unit is powered by a 4,000 mAh Li-ion Polymer battery, which Lenovo said provides up to seven hours of use.
The Mirage Solo also includes WorldSense inside-out tracking, which is derived from sensors and cameras developed for Google’s Tango project to provide 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF). Google still hasn’t gone into much detail about the WorldSense tracking technology, but Lenovo said the system can keep track of your surroundings up to 1.5m away from you.
The Mirage Solo also includes a Daydream motion controller.
Lenovo said that it prioritized comfort when designing the Mirage Solo headset. It is somewhat large, but it features an adjustable head strap that should fit nearly any head, and it also includes quick release adjustment points to make it easy to remove the headset when you’re done with it. The head strap is also lined with soft, breathable, contoured fabric. Lenovo also balanced the weight of the headset to reduce the potential for neck strain.
The Mirage Solo is compatible with the entire library of VR content that already exists on the Daydream platform. Any game that you can play with a Daydream View headset will work on the new headset. This enables developers to create more advanced experiences that take advantage of the WorldSense tracking system. Lenovo isn’t showing that content yet, but the company said it would have more to say about WorldSense-enabled software closer to the headset’s release.
Lenovo isn’t quite ready to bring the Mirage Solo to market, but the headset isn’t far off. The company said the device would be available in Q2 2018, and the price is quite a bit less than we expected--under $400. Last week, Pico announced the Pico Neo CV, which is another standalone VR headset that features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 VR, that will cost $750. We assumed that Pico’s price would set the tone of the industry, but Lenovo already upset that apple cart.
|Lenovo Mirage Solo HMD Specifications|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Card Slot||microSDTM Card; Up to 256GB|
|Audio||Android N Pro Audio, 3.5mm Audio Jack with Dual Microphones|
|Battery||4,000 mAh Li-ion Polymer|
|Display Size||5.5“ Resolution : QHD (2560 x 1440)|
|Color Depth||16.7 Million Color Gamut : 70%|
|Buttons||I/O, Volume Key, Adjustment Dial, Quick Release Button|
|Camera||Dual 6 DOF, Tracking Cameras|
|Control||3 DOF Wireless Daydream Motion Controller|
|Sensors||P-Sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Magnetometer|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/n, 2x2 MIMO Dual Band|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0 + BLE|
|Dimensions (W x L x H)||204.01 x 269.5 x 179.86mm|
|Operating System||Daydream OS|
I have to wonder if Qualcomm is playing a long game, and selling the Snapdragon 835 VR at cost.
Assuming it's not seriously flawed in some way, I'm planning on getting one after launch. So far, the only disappointment for me is the 1.5 m range limitation. That suggests it has quite limited AR capabilities. But that's not what they're selling it for, so it's very forgivable at such a price.
Maybe that was just a typo, but what is microSDTM? What does the TM mean?
Ohhhh. I see it now. Thank you.
This should enable multi-user experiences in a large room or parking lot, for example. That's a game-changer. And the price is in the realm of a video game console (although it'll probably have a lot fewer quality titles you'll want to play, in the near term). Maybe another Pokemon Go-type craze could really see these things take off.