Snapchat's Spectacles 2 are Here, But Does Anyone Care?


Syncing to your phone now just requires Bluetooth and a seven-second press of the shutter button, rather than a shoddy QR code scan.

The first-generation Spectacles were only available through Snap's Snapbot vending machines to start.

Back for another round following an abject failure the first time around, Snap Inc. launched the second generation of its video glasses today. Press and hold to snap a photo. When the glasses are recording, LEDs around the camera light up. There's 4GB of storage on board letting you store up to 150 videos or 3,000 photos. The unit will be able to take around 70 videos with one charge and the case will be able to recharge the device four times.

These second-generation Spectacles possess somewhat similar design to that of the version one but they simply feel more practical and convenient.

The updates to the Spectacles were inspired by user requests, according to a blog post on Snap's website. And as expected, it's also slightly more expensive than the original.

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Snap Spectacles will retail at $150, $20 dollars more than the first edition which was released in November 2016.

They now take still photos. Stereo mics, combined with post-processing to reduce noise, also let the glasses capture clearer, higher quality sound.

The new colors of Spectacles. 19 are the (NYSE:SNAP)'s ratings reports on April 26, 2018 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. Users in the U.S. can order them with prescription lenses through a partnership with Lensabl. Videos see a resolution bump of 25% to 1216 x 1216 and photos are captured at 1642 x 1642. Earlier this week, Raymond James reported on Sensor Tower data suggesting that Snapchat downloads have slowed, with share being lost to Facebook-owned Instagram.

And yet, as The Verge notes, there's still money to be made in hardware if Snap can get it right. While there's no advertised IPX rating, Snap does say "You can use our latest Spectacles (Onyx, Ruby, Sapphire) in shallow water!" The previous model was also sold through Amazon (where you can still buy the old model). It offers Snapchat, a camera application that helps people to communicate through short videos and images.

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