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MemberOctober 1, 2021 at 2:10 pm
Nreal’s new AR glasses will hit China, Japan, and South Korea in December. An Nreal spokesperson told Ars Technica that “the US (and likely the EU) will follow.” The company is waiting to finalize partnerships with carriers in the US.
“It’s been an ongoing conversation, and the US is a major market for Nreal products, and actually Nreal is nearly there,” the spokesperson said over email. “2022 is a big year for Nreal in the US (finally).”
We were also told that pricing will depend on the carriers and be announced in December. The glasses will be “more affordable than Nreal Light and come in retail at approximately the cost of a mid-ranged smartphone,” according to Nreal’s spokesperson. The Nreal Light is currently going for about $600 outside of the US.
In an attempt to make your binge-watching more comfortable, the Nreal Air has a three-step adjustable rake system that lets you tilt the glasses’ lens to tweak the viewing angle. Additionally, the glasses’ temples use elastic to fight tightness and slipping.
Nreal’s announcement claimed the new glasses are more private than the Nreal Light because the company “streamlined the outward facing camera to focus on the theater experience making the lenses spectacularly occlusive.”
Nreal is also touting the Air as the first AR glasses to work with Apple iOS, so you can connect it to your iPhone or iPad. The Nreal Light (the older version) only worked with 5G-compatible smartphones that use a Qualcomm chip, so no Apple compatibility. Nreal also said the new Nreal Air will work with “most” Android devices.