Xiaomi’s general manager Tang Mu, has recently confirmed that the Chinese smartphone maker is working on a virtual reality (VR) headset. He also stated that it would Xiaomi Daydream compatible and that it would be built to deliver a VR experience optimised for MIUI users. A new leak from Android Headlines points out that the VR headset is not just ready but could be launched as soon as Monday, 1 August.
The news about the same (as always) comes from Weibo. The social network revealed that a teaser that hints at an 1 August launch for a VR headset. The teaser according to the source was put out by Xiaomi’s official account so it does point to an official event.
If the launch does take place and Xiaomi does reveal Xiaomi Daydream capable VR headset, then the company will indeed be the first among the Android manufacturers to reveal such a device.
Google’s Daydream when launched, is not expected to work on any of the current generations smartphones available in the market. So far Huawei is the only company who has announced that it will be launching a Xiaomi Daydream VR capable smartphone by the end of 2016.
Many have claimed that the problem with Android’s VR project are the higher hardware requirements. Current day smartphones simply cannot handle the graphics load and would heat up resulting in dropped frames. This would result in bad VR experience that could induce nausea.
Xiaomi recently launched its Redmi Pro smartphone and Notebook Air laptop in China.