Nreal’s AR sunglasses cost $499 and should ship in ‘limited quantities’ this year

Nreal augmented reality glasses, which impressed us at CES in January, will cost about $ 499 surprisingly low and are supposed to start shipping this year. The Nreal Light glasses connect to a Snapdragon 855 smartphone via USB-C, and Nreal promises that they will be available to consumers in "limited quantities" later this year, and then shipped in mass quantities next year. A $ 1,199 kit for developers will include glasses, a controller and a dedicated computer package that can replace a phone.

Nreal Light glasses offer an experience that is somewhere between a handheld screen and a high quality one. to end mixed reality, while seems as normal glasses. You can use them to watch videos on virtual screens, but also to place virtual objects in the real world and look around.

Nreal is one of the first headset manufacturers to participate Qualcomm's XR certification program, which is supposed to take advantage of 5G network speeds to deliver games, software or high quality video to the AR glasses. It has announced partnerships with a variety of operators, including China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Softbank Corp. of Japan, LG Uplus of Korea and Swisscom of Switzerland.

We were fans of the Nreal glasses that debuted at CES, my colleague Nick Statt said the visual quality was surprisingly high for a light and discreet device, although he did not find tracking and spatial mapping as good as Magic Leap headphones One and Microsoft HoloLens of the competition (and much more expensive). Nreal says that since then he has improved the adjustment of the glasses and added multiple unspecified color options.

That does not necessarily mean you should buy Nreal Light when Nreal really opens sales. The 5G and AR networks are firmly established in the territory of the first users, and $ 499 is cheap for smart glasses, but they are still quite expensive for a niche device. Even so, it will be a good sign for the Qualcomm XR platform if they actually ship in 2019, and after seeing them at the launch, we hope to see the finished product by ourselves.

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