Hands On: Lenovo's Mirage Camera with Daydream - CES 2018

Greg Lawrence
January 10, 2018

To go with the Mirage Solo, Lenovo also announced a new virtual reality camera, the Mirage Camera.

Lenovo has revealed a pair of new devices to capture and view virtual reality content, under the company's Mirage sub-brand.

Since the headset utilizes the Snapdragon 835, you are also going to get "six degrees of freedom" to work with, or what Lenovo is calling "WorldSense". It does also support LTE, although Lenovo was quiet about which carriers would support the Mirage Camera (based on the bands supported, likely AT&T and/or Verizon - there's no band 12 here for T-Mobile).

Showcased in Las Vegas for the ongoing CES 2018 ahead of a commercial launch sometime "in the second quarter this year", the affordable "self-sufficient" VR device "combines the simplicity of an all-in-one headset" with the "immersive experience of motion-tracking technology". Unlike Google's model, most of the pressure is on your forehead when you wear the Mirage Solo, and it remains comfortable enough even when using it for a longer duration.

Lenovo said that it prioritized comfort when designing the Mirage Solo headset. Not just that, the fact that it's running on its own operating system without worrying itself about phone calls and what not in the background means that more resources can be dedicated to whatever it is you're doing with Mirage Solo.

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With inside-out positional tracking technology, aka WorldSense, you can move around and explore virtual environments very naturally, leaning, dodging and ducking through space. The field of view isn't as wide as something like the PIMAX VR headset, but it's pretty respectable for Daydream. VR180 cameras capture photos and video in 3D, but can be viewed and shared in either 2D or 3D.

We look forward to testing more games and apps, as well as its 4,000mAh integrated battery to see how long it can last under pressure.

Other than being standalone, the Mirage Solo's other big selling point is that it's the first all-in-one to run on Google's Daydream.

Previous Google Daydream headsets required the use of a compatible phone installed in them. We didn't think we'd be saying this, but that's now the entry-level headset for Daydream.

The Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream will be priced at "under $400".

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