Part of the Lenovo Tech World event was also an area called the Lenovo Innovation Centre, showcasing its concept devices, current products and of course, future releases. One such product is Lenovo’s own virtual reality headset.
Called the VR HMD (virtual reality head-mounted display – we’re sure this should be a temporary name), it looks similar to other VR headsets we’ve seen from other companies. It’s needs a smartphone to act as a display, and the smartphone mount supports any device with a screen size of 5-6 inches across, as well as a supported screen resolution between HD (720p) and 2K (1440p). When in use, the headset offers a wide 100-degree field of vision.
The VR HMD does not appear to have any sort of sensors on its own, but rather a more comfortable (and better-looking) version of the Google Cardboard. Its elastic bands easily strap on and off using Velcro straps, while the two knobs on the sides of the headset are to adjust the focal point of the display to suit users’ eyesights.
In addition, the headset will not require a Lenovo smartphone to use, but its VR apps – some of which take advantage of the phone’s sensors and require movement – will only be available on Lenovo’s app store for China. Yup, unfortunately the VR HMD is scheduled for a release in China only, and is expected to retail in the next six months; Lenovo has not yet fixed a retail price.