Last week, we reported about Xiaomi’s plans to launch its first-ever virtual reality headset. Though the Chinese company was earlier expected to take the wraps off the headset on August 1, that didn’t transpire. Instead now it seems, Xiaomi will be launching the VR headset later this week on August 4. It has put up teaser videos on its Weibo account that hints at the August 4 launch date. Also Read - Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12X, Xiaomi 12 Pro might launch by the end of this monthAlso Read - Xiaomi 12 could become first smartphone to launch with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset
The videos don’t exactly reveal a lot about the upcoming headset. It shows close-ups of three people talking about VR, and in the run up to event, Xiaomi is expected to release more such teaser videos. While details are scarce, Xiaomi general manager Tang Mu recently confirmed the existence of a VR headset. Mu also confirmed that the upcoming headset will be compatible with Google s Daydream VR platform. Also Read - Redmi Note 11T 5G vs Realme 8s 5G: Which one is a better option?
One of the main reasons Xiaomi is planning on venturing into the VR space is because it feels none of the VR headsets available today are optimized for MIUI. It can now leverage Google’s Daydream platform, and is also expected to offer a bunch of video resources that will give users an enjoyable VR experience .
With the launch of its VR headset, Xiaomi will join the likes of Lenovo, Huawei, Coolpad, HTC and Samsung. Xiaomi’s VR headset will no doubt be feature-packed yet aggressively priced. It remains to be seen if Xiaomi will eventually launch the VR headset in markets outside China.
In the meantime, Xiaomi is gearing up to launch the budget Redmi 3s smartphone in India tomorrow. As the name suggests, the upcoming device is essentially a variant of the Redmi 3 boasting a full-metal magnesium alloy unibody design and a fingerprint scanner. Xiaomi had originally launched the smartphone in China, with prices starting from 699 Yuan, which is approximately Rs 7,000.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3s features a 5-inch HD (720p) display, Snapdragon 430 octa-core chipset, 2GB of RAM for the 16GB variant, and 3GB of RAM for the 32GB variant. It also comes with a hybrid SIM card slot, 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) support, 5-megapixel selfie camera, and connectivity options like 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS. It will be interesting to see if Xiaomi launches Redmi 3s in India with the exact same set of specifications and features, or it makes a few modifications like it did with the Redmi Note 3.