Google, Lenovo announce standalone Daydream VR headset, no smartphone required

Lenovo reveals first untethered, phone-free Google VR headset

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So the two cameras they announced today are the Lenovo Mirage Camera with Daydream and the Yi Horizon VR180 Camera. It weighs 645 grams, which makes it one of the heaviest mainstream VR headsets - the same weight as Samsung's Odyssey, and more than the combined 404-gram weight of a Daydream View with a Pixel 2. The Mirage Camera is powered by a Snapdragon 626 processor and helps capture your world in virtual reality, and can wirelessly upload your VR content to share with others via Google Photos and YouTube (it supports the new VR180 video format).

Essentially, there's a flagship smartphone packed inside of the Mirage Solo. And, let's face it, Google Daydream isn't exactly the most prolific VR platform out there.

If that isn't enough, however, Lenovo has another Daydream device ready.

We're now all familiar with VR headsets that you slot a smartphone into, but we're about to be hit by a wave of kit where the smartphone components come built into the device itself, so you can keep your phone in your pocket.

A twisting knob brings the headset around your skull, making it fully adjustable - friendly even to those who wear glasses.

At CES, Lenovo and Google companies also announced the Mirage Camera with Daydream, a small point-and-shoot camera that can capture 3D photos and videos, according to the release. Around to the other end, you have your volume controls and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Mirage Solo is based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 VR platform, and has 4GB of RAM, with a promised battery life of seven hours.

During our limited demo, we tried the new Blade Runner: Revelations, an upcoming game that takes full advantage of WorldSense to let you investigate clues and interact with in-world elements by turning your head and walking around. Video capture runs up to 4K at 30fps and all of them can be viewed back in 2D, but run them through a VR headset and you'll be able to experience them in stereoscopic mode. Yep, it's the same experience, so there's zero learning curve if you already know your way around. Although Lenovo is also looking to get this one a bit lower in price before launch. Overall, it's a pretty stark - and not necessarily positive - change from Google's fabric-covered Daydream View, but it also seems created to offer greater stability. The battery should last a while too, being 4,000mAh. What that means is that the headset uses its own cameras and sensors, rather than ones mounted on the wall, to track your every movement in every direction. We didn't think we'd be saying this, but that's now the entry-level headset for Daydream.

As for the specs, the Lenovo Mirage Solo is pretty powerful.

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