A year after announcing the ambitious Daydream project we finally get to see a completely standalone. The Lenovo Mirage Solo is the first ever standalone Daydream headset. Earlier on Google had partnered with HTC and Lenovo for Daydream headsets and in the midst, it is speculated that HTC exited the partnership.
The Standalone VR headsets solve one of the main shortcomings of the usual VR headsets, the need to rely on a smartphone or an external VR rig. The Standalone headsets usually end up offering a better overall experience devoid of wires. The Mirage Solo is powered by the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Lenovo has also included a microSD card to access VR content. Despite all the features, the Mirage Solo doesn’t come with an inbuilt speaker and instead it relies on headphones plugged via the 3.5mm audio jack.
The Lenovo Mirage Solo features a 5.5-inch QHD display with a 110-degree field of view. The best part, however, is that the Lenovo Mirage Solo integrates the WorldSense Technology without the need for external camera or sensors. This makes the Mirage Solo a Standalone VR headset in its truest sense. I have tried out the Oculus Rift and also the HTC Vive. Personally, I was bogged down by the fact that I had to dodge the wires. However, with the Mirage Solo, you don’t need to worry about tripping on a wire.
Construction wise, the Lenovo Mirage Solo is made up of high-quality plastic and comes with a quick-release button. The headset can be tightened and the distance between the eyes and the screen can also be adjusted. That being said the headset is still pretty heavy at 1.42 pounds and needs to be worn like a cap. All the Standalone VR goodness is backed by a 4,000mAh battery rated to last for seven hours of gameplay. We would also suggest you check out the Lenovo VR180 Mirage Camera.