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Xiaomi releases VR headset trailer, could launch on Thursday

Xiaomi's VR headset based on Google's Daydream platform teased, reveals August 4 launch date

By: Tech Desk |
Updated: August 2, 2016 8:07:03 pm
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Xiaomi is likely to launch its first VR headset tomorrow. Last week reports emerged that the product will launch on August 1 and now it seems to launch tomorrow. Xiaomi has also put out a trailer which hints at August 4 launch date.

Xiaomi’s VR headset is reportedly based on Google’s Daydream platform, which was announced by the search giant at company’s annual developer conference, Google I/O 2016. Google’sd Daydream is a VR platform that needs Daydream-ready phones’ to power the VR headset. So expect Xiaomi to also announce device compatible with the purported VR headset.

Google’s Daydream platform is natively built into Android N so expect the Xiaomi device to be more like a Gear VR from Samsung. According to GizmoChina, Xiaomi is building its own VR headset primarily to create a VR environment for its smartphones.

Xiaomi’s smartphones don’t support VR headsets at the moment and with the new headset, the Chinese smartphone maker could reach out to thousands of users to experience VR for the first time.

Xiaomi’s Daydream-based VR headset launch was confirmed by company’s General Manager Tang Mu. He said, “Xiaomi is building its own VR headset to provide best VR experience to its MIUI users.”

Xiaomi is currently proving to be the most disruptive smartphone maker thanks to its budget smartphone lineup. The company has gained exceptional response with its Redmi Note 3 device in most Asian markets. Considering Xiaomi smartphones run Android, it might be possible that the company is developing strong support from Google.

Last year, Google helped Chinese telecom major Huawei’s mobile division to build Nexus 6P, which eventually turned to be one of the best selling Nexus device in a long time. Huawei itself has gained traction around its mobile business after Nexus 6P launch.

While Xiaomi’s VR trailer reveals very little, it is certainly going to fuel a new demand for VR headsets globally.


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