Just before the official unveiling of the Xiaomi Mi6, the Chinese OEM has updated its VR headset with its new Mi VR Play 2. The latest VR headset from Xiaomi not only sports a new design, but is also more compact than its predecessor.
The Xiaomi Mi VR Play 2, just like the last generation device, is simply a Google cardboard styled VR glasses that is covered in a comfortable Lycra material. It still requires a smartphone to function. Xiaomi claims that its VR headset supports phones with display sizes ranging between 4.7-inch to 5.7-inch having a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080px.
With that said, Xiaomi has decided to do away with the zipper in the Mi VR Play 2. So you can simply slide the phone into the designated area on the headset. This may however result in one side of the phone sticking out of the Mi VR Play 2. It can be clearly seen in one of the promotional images shared by the company.
The Mi VR Play 2 has an improved design over its predecessor. It’s no longer a rectangular piece of box, rather the edges of the new headset have been nicely rounded to cut down on its dimensions. Apart from that, it now comes with a single elastic nylon headband instead of the adjustable straps found in the last year’s model.
On the inside, the Xiaomi Mi VR Play 2 comes with a pair of plastic glasses that is wrapped with a strong elastic cotton, which the Chinese OEM is referring to as dragon cloth. These glasses result in a 93-degree field of vision. The rear aspect of the headset, which is supposed to rest on your face is lined with a padded porous material.
The Xiaomi Mi VR Play 2 incidentally costs less than its predecessor at just 99 Yuan (Rs 927/$14 approx.) It however doesn’t come with the large number of customisable options as found in the last year’s model. It is only available in black color and will go on sale on April 19 in China.