Snap Inc. introduced the world to Snapchat Spectacles in 2016 before taking the camera-enabled glasses on a tour of the world. Two years later and there are rumours about the Snapchat Spectacles 2, a new pair of camera-enabled sunglasses for dedicated Snapchatters due out later this year.
Here’s everything we know about the Snapchat Spectacles 2, including release date rumours, pricing, platform support and new features.
When will the Snapchat Spectacles 2 be released?
Snapchat’s first Spectacles were initially revealed back in autumn 2016, before becoming more readily available to users around the world in 2017. This suggests that we’re due for an upgrade sometime in 2018 – and a March 2018 report seems to confirm this.
According to Cheddar, Snap plans to launch a new variant of its Spectacle glasses in 2018. The site claims that like the first-gen glasses, the Snapchat Spectacles 2 should be announced in the autumn. It seems like the wrong time of year to launch camera-enabled glasses, especially as those long summer days turn into dark, cold nights, but hey!
Once we receive more specific information about when the Spectacles 2 will become available, we’ll be sure to update this section.
How much will Snapchat Spectacles 2 cost?
While not confirmed just yet, we assume that the Spectacles 2 will cost a similar amount to the £130 first-gen glasses, if not slightly cheaper to make them more attractive to the massive after the company noted that thousands of unsold Spectacles are sat in a warehouse somewhere.
We don’t think they’ll be more expensive than the first-gen glasses simply because the second-gen Spectacles don’t seem to offer much of a technical upgrade – something we go into more detail about below – and price was a big issue with the original Spectacles.
£130 is a lot to spend on a pair of camera-enabled glasses when the footage can only be used in a single app, especially when they don’t offer the filter functionality that arguably made Snapchat what it is today.
Which platforms will Snapchat Spectacles 2 support?
Like the first-generation Snapchat Spectacles, the second-gen glasses are set to offer support for both iOS and Android. This was confirmed in the FCC filing that appeared in April 2018.
We assume that Android will get a superior connection to the video-enabled specs as it can utilise Wi-Fi Direct, an option not offered by Apple for iOS users.
Wi-Fi Direct allows for high-speed transfer of HD video files to upload to Snapchat, while iOS users using Bluetooth requires you to first transfer an SD copy of each video before selecting which you’d like to re-transfer in HD. It’s not a nice process for iOS users, and we had hoped that Snap would offer something a little different this time, but it doesn’t seem to be the case.
What will the Snapchat Spectacles 2 feature?
We might’ve got our first glimpse at what the second-generation Snapchat Spectacles could feature, thanks to the FCC.
The FCC recently published a listing for the upcoming product, which is described as a “wearable video camera” in the filing. That may be rather vague, but the good news is that the document refers to the product as model “002” and directly mentions the Spectacles trademark.
The packaging label in the FCC filing reveals more information about the upcoming specs.
Alongside support for iOS and Android like the first-gen glasses, the Spectacles 2 should feature updated Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi support, along with a 95mAh battery. We’re not sure how the battery size compares to the original glasses, but we must say that we were fairly impressed with battery life on the Spectacles and have similar hopes for the Spectacles 2.
Elsewhere, Cheddar claims that the upcoming Spectacles 2 will only feature subtle changes including new colour options, much-needed waterproofing and general tweaks to improve the overall experience. Those that want a radical change in the design and build of the Snapchat spectacles may have to wait until 2019, when an upgraded pair featuring two cameras for 3D depth effects is set to hit the market.
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