nreal light mixed-reality glasses priced, developer pre-orders now open

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While VR (virtual-reality) is fairly accessible to consumers, AR and mixed-reality still have a ways to go. nreal has announced pricing for the nreal light consumer-grade mixed-reality glasses, as well as have opened pre-orders for developers.

nreal light will take advantage of 5G-enabled networks to deliver latency-free mixed reality content, allowing users to watch TV shows and play mobile games while on the go. The nreal light mixed-reality glasses connect to XR-compatible smartphones running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform via USB-C.

“nreal light provides a light-weight XR Viewer that allows consumers to take advantage of 5G including high bandwidth and low latency to deliver immersive experiences virtually anywhere. We worked closely with nreal to ensure Snapdragon smartphone compatibility and ecosystem integration to transform the way people connect and consume entertainment, and to further advance XR to make it the next generation of mobile computing.”

Hugo Swart, head of XR, Qualcomm Technologies

nreal has partnered with the likes of Black Shark and a number of carriers including China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, EE, KDDI, KT, LG Uplus, Softbank Corp. and Swisscom.

“Paired with nreal light, the Black Shark 2 will be able to deliver the highest performance mobile gaming experience. nreal light will completely immerse our users in a fully interactive gaming environment that places you right in the heat of the moment. We are excited to work with nreal to usher in a new era of the mobile gaming experience.”

David Li, Global VP at Black Shark

Since we covered nreal light back at CES 2019, the company has made a few changes and improvements to the mixed-reality glasses.

  • Improved Fit – nreal light now sits more securely on your face by reducing the front-heavy pressure on the nose, for a more secure fit
  • Foldable Temples – nreal light will ship to developers with foldable temples, making it convenient for storage and easy access, while conforming to the sunglass form factor
  • Multiple Colors – nreal light will offer different colors, to be announced upon the processing of the orders

The nreal light Consumer Kit will retail for US$499 and is anticipated to ship later this year. Developers can apply on the nreal developer website for the $1,199 nreal light Developer Kit. The kit includes the nreal light glasses, a 3 DoF controller, and the nreal proprietary computing pack. The Developer Kit will begin shipping in September.

What do you think about nreal light and mixed-reality glasses in general? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or MeWe.

Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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