It’s pretty rare to schedule product announcement events and start teasing big releases in trendy tech industry segments as VR on such short notice, but for all we know, Xiaomi could have initially planned to unveil this device that’s being hyped up right now alongside the Redmi Pro phone and Mi Notebook Air.
Perhaps the company felt it was too much action for one day, or maybe its first ever virtual reality headset won’t be ready to launch commercially for a while longer. Either way, it’s definitely seeing daylight (formally) on Monday, August 1, roughly 24 hours before arguably the glitziest product introduction of the season.
What else do we know about the… Xiaomi Mi VR? Very little, we’ll be honest with you, and even that name is an educated guess rather than a confirmed or at least oft-rumored tag. Google Daydream compatibility feels like a near-certainty, as does relatively low pricing, based on Xiaomi’s usual M.O.
But whether this is supposed to take on the likes of the Samsung Gear VR and work in cahoots with phones, challenge the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift by supporting high-end PCs, or break new ground in the standalone arena remains anybody’s guess.