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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi is expected to release its first VR headset on Monday
  • Headset will be compatible with Google’s Daydream, an executive confirmed
  • The company has posted teasers on social media for a VR launch

Is there anything that Xiaomi cannot do? The company has a range of devices in its portfolio, from a portable mosquito repeller and an electric toothbruth to laptop – and that’s just in the last month. Now, the company is expected to launch a VR headset on Monday.

The company’s General Manager Tang Mu has reportedly confirmed that Xiaomi is working on a virtual reality headset that will be compatible with Google’s Daydream platform, which was announced at Google’s I/O event last month.

Android Headlines reports that Mu said he thinks that this is the best way to provide a VR experience that’s optimised for MIUI users. There has been no word about the pricing of this VR headset. The headset is expected to be launched on August 1 as per a teaser posted by the company on Chinese website Weibo, reports Android Headlines.

If the company does launch a virtual on August 1, it will join the likes of Samsung, Sony, HTC, and Google, who have developed their own VR headsets – in this case, to optimise for its MIUI ecosystem. Virtual reality is a fairly new category but has already seen products that are made out of just cardboard to advanced piece of hardware like on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Xiaomi on Wednesday announced its first laptop – the Mi Notebook Air – featuring an all metal body and finally forayed into the category that it was long expected to. The company’s laptop has some resemblance to Apple’s MacBook Air in terms of design and is seen as its direct competition.

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