It was just announced, Lenovo just launched a standalone VR headset powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon VR platform, a powerful; solution that does not require a phone to be inserted into the headset. It is much better than a phone-based solution because the two integrated front camera allow freedom of motion across the room.

Better yet, the Mirage Solo VR headset is compatible with Google Daydream, Google’s latest interface for VR apps, and one of the best option available to Android users. Google has very strict specifications for its Daydream VR program, and only the best VR hardware makes it.

It’s not surprising that the Mirage Solo made the cut: with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (+256GB max via microSD) and a 4000 mAh battery, it can give the best phones a run for its money. The 5.5” (2560 x 1440) LCD display has a 75Hz refresh rate and the whole headset weights about 1.42lbs. It runs on Daydream OS, a branch of Android that is tailored to the interface of VR headsets.

With a field of view of 100 degrees, and the ability to move around the room freely, the standalone VR experience offers something really different from a tethered PC VR experience. Of course, it doesn’t have the horsepower of a computer that consumes 1000W, but users get simplicity and a wire-free experience which makes things more natural and more approachable for all.

The headset will be available in “the second quarter” for $499.99 $400 MSRP.

Filed in Gaming. Read more about CES, CES 2018, Lenovo, Snapdragon and Virtual Reality (VR).

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