As you probably already know Xiaomi are the makers of one of the best top selling Chinese smartphones

And they recently have been moving forward and shaking up the market with their variety of high quality budget (most of the time) friendly tech such as their Mi Band, Mi Gamepad, Piston Earphones, Smart Mi TV 3 & their Yi Sports Action Cam
While everything they make has a sleek minimalistic IKEA like designs they are very functional as well, in both the hardware & software department

Now they are taking 2 steps into Mobile VR
  • One is their recently announced Xiaomi Mi VR Play Headset / Platform (Will talk more about it in just a bit)
  • And the other thing is their Google Daydream Ready phones they are working on (which we don’t have info about yet)

Note: This is what we know so far about the Xiaomi Mi VR Play

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Current Status: Closed Beta Testing (Mainly In China & Very Few People)
Over 1 Million Registrations Already


HARDWARE:

  • It runs on the current line of android phones ( 4.7″ – 5.7″ ) supported screens
    (Just regular stuff, you usually want a phone that is 5.1″ between 5.5″ for optimal experience)

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  • Body made of “Lycra Fabric” for light weighness and comfort
  • Phone compartment is held by a “Two-Way Zipper
    (Hope it doesn’t get in the way – flapping around – But Safer)

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  • Plans for endless custom designs & DIY
    (Personalized Designs – Maybe an online ordering system for custom designs)
  • Textured Metal Capacitive Touch Button Input
    ( This is a must have )
  • Anti-Reflective – Optical Grade – Aspheric Lens
  • Anti-Slip – No Phone Slipage
  • From the looks of it – No IPD or Focus Adjustments ( Like a Cardboard 2.0 but Fabric)

Mi VR 1

  • Dimensions: 201mm x 107mm x 91mm – Very Similar to a Cardboard 2.0 but a tad bigger (Width)

 



SOFTWARE:

Mi VR 5

  • It will have its own Dedicated Software With A Slick Looking  Interface, that is Updated Weekly with new content & updates
    (We can expect some solid software with solid support and updates from Xiaomi)
    (From the looks of it, it will first & mainly support Chinese sites/content, no words on English/Western – Maybe later)
  • Software Name: Mi VR Play
  • It will be an Open Content Platform
    (We can expect some open source code for developing for the app!)
    (Which means we can get third party content / plugins for it made by the users)
  • Plans to be China’s first VR Content Platform

Mi VR 6

  • Seems like it will be focused on video content / cinema experience – no word on apps/games yet

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  • Recommended Phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 – Specs:
  • (This is what Xiaomi Recomends on their site)
  • Display: 1920 x 1080 5.5″ 403PPI
  • CPU: Hexa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 1.4GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB Built In + SD Card Slot Up to 128GB
  • Camera: 16MP Back – 5MP Front
  • Battery: A Wopping 4050mAh None Removable Battery
  • OS: Currently it comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop – Android Nougat 7.0 Update is coming to it!Seems like a great phone for VR – Battery large enough for long usage, display is not going to kill the battery or overheat the CPU with 1440p resolution
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