According tomedia reports, the Nreal Light mixed reality glasses will be released in South Korea along with Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 20. LG Uplus, which will sell the pair as a stand-alone device for 699,000 won ($586), will be bundled with the Galaxy Note 20 or LG Velvet and 5G data plans for 349,500 won ($295). The glasses will be available for sale on August 11 and in stores on August 21.
Nreal Light (also known as the “U-Real Glass”) is a lightweight, sunglasses that can be bound to a separate computing device — in this case, the Galaxy Note 20. It uses spatial tracking and projected images to overlay apps into the real world, and Nreal advertises it as a more spacious alternative to smartphones when users watch videos, play games, or read websites. It promises to support apps such as Chrome, Facebook and Instagram when it is launched.
The Consumer Retail Edition comes with a range of nose clips to suit different faces, as well as a corrective lens insert and a black “VR cover” that blocks your outside line of sight to create a clearer picture. Nreal previously shipped a $1,199 developer kit that included a controller and a dedicated mini-computer. The consumer version of the glasses will use a phone-based control system, and Nreal announced that it will bring hand tracking to the glasses at some point.
Nreal is one of the few companies still trying to sell universal consumer smart glasses. Rival Magic Leap, which sued Nreal for “blatant plagiarism” before it was dismissed in June, recently shifted its focus to corporate mixed reality. Google, which acquired start-up North, recently dropped support for North’s consumer eyewear launch in 2019. Augmented reality company Tilt Five is clearly still preparing to launch a pair of holographic glasses, but they’re designed for table games.
China-based Nreal has also signed cooperation agreements with Japanese operator KDDI and Deutsche Telekom, including a hybrid reality incubator program with the latter. It has yet to announce plans to list in the United States.