The Chinese-based manufacturer Xiaomi has already announced Redmi Pro alongside its first MacBook-like Mi NoteBook Air at an event in China earlier this week. To compete with other big manufacturer’s virtual reality segment, today the company has sent out invites for another keynote event on August 1st, where Xiaomi could release a VR headset of its own.
With the invitation, Xiaomi confirms its VR plans based on Google’s Daydream platform and the first headset could launch on 1st August 2016. The teaser reveals that Xiaomi will be launching a video resource that will give users an ‘enjoyable VR experience’.
On the other hand, Xiaomi is steering away from smartphones with alternate smart devices such as smart rice cooker and air purifiers, and this time around plans to unveil a new Virtual Reality headset purely based on Google’s Daydream: Meet Daydream: Say Hello To Google’s VR Platform For Android – Needs 4K Phone?
The reason behind Xiaomi entering Virtual Reality seems to be its own MIUI based on Android. Smartphones from Xiaomi ships with MIUI custom operating system which is a forked version of Android that relies heavily on customization and extra features. The company’s General Manager, Tang Mu has revealed Xiaomi’s VR headset plans, and also said that the company is building its own virtual reality headset to provide best VR experience to its MIUI users.
Although Xiaomi only announced a 4K enabled Mi Box based on Android TV at Google’s I/O 2016 this year, which was apparent that the company has larger ambitions. Already grab the market of smartphones in the budget category. With its own VR headset. Xiaomi can take it to next set of users who are shying away from adopting the VR platform.
Considering that report claims the Daydream powered VR headset will be cheap, was introduced as the native platform for Android at its annual developer conference. The platform will primarily be baked into the next version of Android for more impressive experience that what current devices offer.
Google has already made a statement that daydream compatible smartphones will come with strict restrictions for hardware, which could mean hat Xiaomi is also working on the similar smartphones to support. However, Samsung makes its own Gear VR powered by Oculus for its flagship Galaxy range, it seems to be adopting that same strategy by introducing a new Xiaomi VR headset with flagship smartphone to power it.
The event begins at 10AM on August 1st, Monday. We can get more and more details on what Xiaomi VR headset will be featuring and its price as well in a couple of days.