Snapchat's New Spectacles Is Water-Resistant, Smaller Than Predecessor

27 April, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • On May, 1 Analysts See $-0.33 EPS for Snap Inc. (SNAP)

We heard rumblings about Snapchat releasing a new version of its Spectacles two weeks ago as an FCC filing revealed a few details.

That won't be the case this time around: Spectacles 2.0 can be purchased on Snapchat's website.

The first generation of Spectacles were a commercial failure. The company wrote down almost $40 million in merchandise, and laid off about a dozen people.

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Additionally, the company has improved the device's capture capabilities. And yeah, there's no telling just how well the new Spectacles will sell, but here's to them doing okay. According to a Snap spokesperson, the company recognizes the planning mistake and is keen to learn from it.

Spectacles were widely regarded as a disaster after only selling 220,000 in its first year, a measly figure when you compare it to tech products like the iPhone, 1.4million of which left shelves in 2007. This new model sports a smaller profile, and Snap says that should make them more comfortable to wear. Finally, customers will be able to order prescription Spectacles through Lensabl.

Snapchat has sought to expand out from simply being a social media platform, moving into the sunglasses industry. As a pair of sunglasses, the Snapchat Spectacles 2 should more easily fit in a trousers pocket or within a bag than ever before.

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Snap also made some notable improvements to the hardware, with Snaps transferring to Snapchat up for four times faster than they did on the original Spectacles, and a second microphone to capture the voice of the person wearing the glasses. The glasses can record video at 1216 by 1216 pixels at 60 frames per second with a touch of a button on the left side.

The glasses are now water resistant, so you can take photos or video in "shallow water". The case, which also doubles as a charger, is also splash proof.

The new gadget also boasts better image resolution and recorded sound quality, and has added the option for still photographs as well as videos.

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The new Snapchat Spectacles is now on sale in the United States, Canada, the U.K. and France, while 13 European countries will get it on May 3.


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