Lenovo debuts the Mirage Solo, its standalone Daydream VR headset

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Google is getting ready to take on Amazon's Echo Show, with a little help from 4 consumer electronics heavyweights: Sony, Lenovo, LG and JBL all announced at CES in Las Vegas Monday that they are building so-called smart displays powered by Google's Assistant.

Lenovo has revealed a pair of new devices to capture and view virtual reality content, under the company's Mirage sub-brand.

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Lenovo debuts the Mirage Solo, its standalone Daydream VR headset

Lenovo's Mirage camera will be available in the spring, along with a camera from Yi Technology, the Yi Horizon. Of course, this was all done in a controlled hands on environment, so we'll have to see how it fares in the real world once it launches in the second quarter of the year.

For capturing 180-degree VR content, the Mirage Camera is a compact $299.99 device which has two fisheye lenses in front of a dual 13-megapixel camera setup. That means you can duck, jump, and peek around corners to really feel like you are immersed in a new world, without needing additional wires. It contains 2GB RAM and 16GB of eMMC2 storage, which can be expanded by up to 128GB. This unlocks a much more immersive VR experience, and allows VR games that are interactive to the user's physical movements that can now include forwards and backwards as well as crouching and jumping. Because it's integrated into the device, pixels are nearly indiscernible to the degree that we didn't find ourselves trying to readjust the headset to get a better look.

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And then there's the Mirage Camera.

The Mirage Camera is one of the first gadgets to embrace Google's VR180 format which aims to hit a sweet spot for capturing memories.

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However, if you want to ensure the camera's point of view is ideal - perhaps you want it positioned low down or up high for dramatic effect - then it can be paired with a smart Android device, such as a smartphone, to get a live-stitched preview. Underneath the flap on the end, there is a micro SD card slot, and a USB-C port.

The Mirage Solo is definitely bigger than a regular VR headset, but is still relatively compact when you consider all that it's packing inside.

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Lenovo said that it prioritized comfort when designing the Mirage Solo headset. Which again, makes it lighter weight and since it is already pretty thin, it can slide right into your pocket without looking awkward - unlike most 360-degree cameras on the market right now. Lenovo is working on bringing the price down, and the final retail price of the product could be slightly lower.

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