The Nreal Light Mixed Reality glasses will be shipped together with the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 20 in Korea. LG Uplus will sell the glasses as a standalone device for KRW 699,000 (about $ 586) and bundle them with the Galaxy Note 20 or LG Velvet and a 5G data plan for KRW 349,500 (about $ 295). Pre-orders will open on August 11th and the headsets will be available in stores on August 21st.
The Nreal Light (also known as “U + Real Glass”) is a lightweight, sunglasses-style headset that plugs into a separate computing device – in this case the Galaxy Note 20. It uses spatial tracking and projected images to target apps lay out the real world, and Nreal presents it as a more spacious alternative to a smartphone when watching videos, playing games, or reading websites. It looks promising to support Chrome, Facebook and Instagram among others at the start.
The consumer retail version includes a set of nose clips for different faces, plus a corrective lens insert and a black “VR cover” that blocks your view from the outside for 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 there will be hand tracking for the glasses at some point as well
Nreal is one of the few companies that is still trying to sell general purpose smart glasses to consumers. Competitor Magic Leap, which sued Nreal for "blatant copying" before dismissing the lawsuit in June, recently focused on the mixed reality of corporations. Google has taken over the startup North and recently stopped supporting the consumer glasses North, which was introduced in 2019. The augmented reality company Tilt Five is apparently still preparing for the introduction of holographic glasses, but these were specially developed for tabletop games.
China-based Nreal has also partnered with Japanese airline KDDI and Deutsche Telekom, including a mixed reality incubator program. No plans for a US launch have been announced.