HTC may have decided to abandon its plans for a mobile headset with Google but Lenovo still seem to be going strong, with a recent FFC filing showcasing a new headset called the Mirage Solo, which would utilise the Daydream platform.
If the Mirage name sounds slightly familiar then you’d be right, slightly confusingly the Lenovo Mirage is the company’s augmented reality (AR) headset which comes bundled with Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. Discovered by Lets Go Digital, the same site which found the Vive Focus trademark, the FCC test report doesn’t list a massive amount of amazing information, simply confirming the name: Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, model number: the Lenovo VR-1541F and that’ll come equipped with a 4.000 mAh Li-Ion battery plus Bluetooth 5.0 support. None of the documents reveal which processor is to be used, so depending on cost possibly either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or maybe the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, just like the Vive Focus.
While the documents certainly help to solidify the fact that Lenovo has another headset in the works, as and when it’s going to appear is another matter. The first time it was mentioned was during the Google I/O conference in conjunction with HTC. With CES 2018 just over a week away Lenovo will probably use the event to officially unveil the Mirage Solo – or a little later during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) which has seen VR increase its presence. After which, if a release window isn’t revealed, customers could be waiting until Winter 2018 to get their hands on the device.
This might be fine when it comes to Vive Focus which HTC has officially confirmed for release in China next year – with a western launch still a grey area. Yet there are more standalone headsets on the way. Oculus Go is due for release early 2018 – but doesn’t feature inside-out tracking (Mirage Solo should include Google’s WorldSense) – and then there’s Pico Neo which is compatible with Vive Wave.
2018 is certainly shaping up to be a wire free year for VR, with VRFocus attending CES 2018 to bring you the first details on the latest announcements as they happen.