Xiaomi is a Chinese manufacturer, most known for their competitive product to the Apple IPhones. They produce a variety of smartphones and wearable devices as well as Internet of Things (IoT) and various home automation products.
Most recently, they have been hinting at the launch of their very own Virtual Reality Headsets. In addition the headsets will be optimised for the MIUI operating system which runs on a variety of smart phones.
Xiaomi’s general manager Tang Mu, has recently confirmed that the Chinese smartphone maker is working on a virtual reality (VR) headset. He also stated that it would Daydream compatible and that it would be built to deliver a VR experience optimised for MIUI users.
Until now, the majority of VR devices and headsets such as the Google Cardboards, Samsung Gear, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are not optimised to work with the MIUI operating system from Xiaomi.
Xiaomi recently ran a teaser poster on its Weibo account suggesting that its new VR headset could be announced as soon as the 1st of August. While there are few details about the product so far, we can only surmise that it will certainly work with MIUI handsets and may be limited to them as well. This would be similar to the Samsung Gear VR strategy that limits use to only a specific set of Android handsets (and doesn’t integrate with other smartphones like Apple).
Equally we anticipate that with the launch of the VR Headset, there will also be a variety of content made available when the product(s) hit the market. As these are just rumours and speculation at the moment, we will simply wait to see what gets announced.
If the past is anything to go on we also anticipate that the Xiaomi VR headset will be priced pretty aggressively. The teasers from the company have yet to indicate which markets they will be selling in and how quickly they will bring products from Asia to Europe or North America. But one thing is certain, they are a competitive brand and we should keep an eye out on what they bring to the market.