As the market of Standalone VR headsets is on the roll, a new member made its debut in the market. This time Lenovo came up with its near to flagship VR headset “Mirage Solo”.
Lenovo has left its mark in the IT industry with its top-notch PCs. And, after its Mixed Reality headset, Lenovo wants to play big in the VR industry.
Mirage Solo seems to be a quite interesting move by Lenovo but its specifications and pricing don’t seem to go hand in hand.
Moreover, there are plenty of choices available in the market which might give you a second thought before buying this headset.
If you are going to buy this product then there are some important points that you should go through before making any sort of purchase.
Go through these hardware specifications, features, availability, and pricing and you will be able to take your decision wisely.
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Lenovo Mirage Solo | An Innovative Move by Lenovo
After achieving huge success in the PC sector, Lenovo has entered in VR industry with its latest standalone VR headset “Mirage Solo”.
But Lenovo is not going to play this game alone. In order to provide its users with a better interface, this tech giant has partnered with Google for OS and software support.
Yes, you read it right. Lenovo Mirage Solo works on Android with Daydream support. Since Lenovo neither has its own VR platform nor has its own VR library. So, this is the major reason why Lenovo came into this partnership.
As we all know, HTC recently canceled its plans of bringing the Daydream device last year. So, it can be considered as an innovative move by Google and Lenovo.
But Lenovo is not alone in this market. It has to compete with one of the top-notch VR specialists, HTC and Oculus.
Moreover, since the launch of Oculus Quest and HTC Vive Focus, Mirage Solo is not the only “near to flagship” headset in the market.
Adding to this, Oculus is also working on its new standalone tech “Santa Cruz” while HTC has rolled out HTC Vive Focus Plus. So, the market of standalone headsets is more populated then we can actually think.
But as we know, each Tech-giant wants to differentiate itself from the market. So, the specifications of Mirage Solo defines it all.
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Lenovo Mirage Solo Specifications
- Display Used: 5.5″ LCD Display
- 2560 x 1440 (Both eye).
- 1280 x 1440 (Per Eye).
- Refresh Rate: 75 Hz.
- Operating System: Android (With Daydream Support).
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.
- On-board CPU:
- Qualcomm Kryo 280 CPU.
- RAM Provided: 4GB
- Storage Variants:
- 64GB (Onboard).
- 256GB (Can be upgraded with MicroSD slot).
- Graphics Used: Adreno 540.
- Controller Used: No specially designed controllers by Lenovo. However, you can use Wireless Daydream Motion Controller.
- System Connectivity:
- 3.5 mm Audio Jack.
- USB Type-C.
- Audio Output: 3.5 mm Headphone Jack.
- Mode of Body-Motion Input: Through 2 cameras used as motion sensors.
- Degrees of Freedom Provided: 6 DoF
- On-Board Battery: 4000mAh.
- Advance Cooling System: N/A.
- Weight: 680 grams.
- Field of View: 110º.
The specifications listed above seem to be very promising. But, the actual product might not deliver you the experience as expected. Moreover, the headset is bulky and heavier in comparison with other standalone headsets.
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To discover the headset in detail, let us discuss the hardware accessibility of this headset.
The Hardware of Lenovo Mirage Solo
With Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Mirage Solo is one of the powerful standalone VR headsets in the market. However, it is not able to match up with the performances of other powerful VR headsets such as Oculus Quest and HTC Vive Focus.
Snapdragon 835 is a specially designed processor specifically for VR experiences. However, most people compare it with the processor of Pixel 2 and Samsung S10. But let me remember you that this processor is an overclocked version of Snapdragon processors which provides more power than conventional processors.
In RAM variants, Lenovo doesn’t provide you any choice at all. Mirage Solo just comes with 4GB of RAM. However, this much RAM is enough to run the Daydream supported applications.
The display of Lenovo Mirage Solo is just going to disappoint you. Where Oculus Quest is coming with Pentile OLED display, Lenovo is just providing you with an LCD display. The display is just going to compromise with your experience and your eyes too.
With a refresh rate of 75Hz, you are not going to face any lags or glitches at all. Moreover, you are going to enjoy your experience. You cannot expect a much higher frame rate than this. To achieve higher frame rates, you need a PC level processor.
In terms of battery life, Lenovo has done much better work. The headset comes with 2.5 hrs of battery backup. This battery backup might not satisfy you, but you can use your headset while it is getting charged.
For tracking purposes, instead of gyroscope, Mirage Solo features Accelerometer and Magnetometer. These both together serves the purpose of Gyroscope and motion tracking.
The best thing this headset feature is 6-Degrees-of-Freedom tracking technology. This technology was used in PC powered headsets and now it is available in standalone headsets as well.
The 6DoF tracking is achieved using 2 cameras which are mounted at the front face of the headset. Moreover, these cameras also serve the purpose of position tracking.
Design of Mirage Solo
The headset has a very clean and friendly design that comes with a white-grey plastic shell. Moreover, the front of the headset has been given a glossy black plate finish where you’ll find the 2 cameras used as motion sensors.
Also, the visor of the headset has been given a round shape with smooth walls which looks similar to Google’s Daydream View but lacks the fabric cover.
You’ll find the power button on the right side of the headset which has an indicator light as well. Moreover, you’ll find the volume rockers, a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the same side.
Talking about the left side of the visor, then you’ll find a USB Type-C port and a MicroSD slot (for expansion of storage).
If you want to adjust the lenses according to your IPD (Interpupillary Distance), then on the left edge of the bottom of the visor you’ll find a button. You need to press that button in order to unlock the sliding mount of the headband.
Mirage Solo with its adjustable one-piece plastic strap (headband) looks similar to PlayStation VR. This grey colored headband comes with well-padded arches on front and back. This grey plastic piece is very flexible which measures just an inch wide.
Moreover, the back arch comes with a wheel which you can use to loosen or tighten the headband. So, you can easily adjust the headband according to your size.
Mirage Solo Controller
When it comes to developing a controller, Lenovo played it smart. Instead of creating their own controller with Daydream support, Lenovo opted to outsource the controller from Google.
Lenovo Mirage Solo comes with the same Daydream controller which you will get with Daydream View. It is a short plastic wand that comes in gray color.
The controller comes with a circular touchpad at back and with the Home button at the top. Moreover, on the right edge, you’ll find a small rocker that you can use to adjust the volume. At the bottom, you’ll find a USB Type-C port which is used to charge the controller.
If you are expecting great controller tracking capabilities just like Oculus’s Touch controllers or HTC’s Vivebands, then I am sorry you won’t be able to enjoy that level of flagship tracking.
However, with a touchpad, the controller comes with additional motion tracking. But, position tracking is still absent. So, this controller is not able to track down your position.
You can use this controller to move the cursor in the VR portal. But, the headset will not be able to recognize the relative position of your controller.
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Hardware Performance of Mirage Solo
If you compare the performance of Mirage Solo and other standalone headsets with 6DoF, then you might be disappointed with the hardware performance of this headset.
As you read above, the Headset comes with 6DoF while the controller just comes with 3DoF. So, position tracking is totally absent on the controller. So, just the orientation is the only thing you’ll get with this controller.
Moreover, you can use this controller as a directional pointer due to the lack of position tracking it cannot properly orient your movements with the system.
Moreover, if you compare it with PC powered headsets, then Snapdragon is not able to provide that level of experience. The chipset is not able to provide an experience that a user can easily generate on a PC-tethered headset.
Also, the headset features LCD display which neither seems to do justice with the pricing of this headset nor with your eyes. The LCD display deteriorates the crisp computer graphics which you will find on Oculus Quest.
Should you Buy this Headset?
Lenovo made its debut in the standalone market with Mirage Solo by setting its base price at $399. Moreover, the headset is available only in one storage variant i.e. 64GB.
However, you can buy this headset on lower prices on various online vendors such as Amazon, eBay, etc. where this headset usually goes on sale.
If you are still confused about whether to buy this headset or not, then let me make you clear on this. With other powerful headsets in the market, Lenovo Mirage Solo is an average standalone VR headset whose price does not stand in line with its performance.
Meanwhile, we have covered its all positive and negative aspects regarding its hardware specifications above in this article.
However, if you are still wishing to buy this headset, then make you check out its level of compatibility with Google’s Daydream software.
Hence, buying this headset is all on you.
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