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Snapchat's new Spectacles are water resistant and cost $149

Snapchat Stocks Snapchat Opens Up to Redesigning its Redesign
Glenn Montgomery | 27 April, 2018, 00:51

The first version of Spectacles sold relatively poorly, with around 220,000 units sold worldwide, a result of their limited functionality and unstylish look.

The second-generation Spectacles Snap unveiled Thursday appear to try to address some of the problems in the first model. Originally launched in September 2016, the first-generation Spectacles were not a financial success for Snap. There's also the whole idea that it will be much more hard for those companies to copy hardware ideas than it is simply adding a new feature like stories.

"Spectacles are now more comfortable to wear with a smaller profile, and they're water resistant", the Snap announcement explains. The glasses then transfer the video to the user's phone-the new version transfers the video a few seconds faster than the older version did, a Snap Inc. spokesperson told Newsweek. An estimated price of the second version Spectacles is somewhere around $300, according to these rumors. When you press and hold the button, you'll be able to snap a photo.

Over the lifetime of the product, Snap sold just 220,000 units, the company says, eventually writing off unsold inventory worth nearly $40m.

The Spectacles are available from today in the US, Canada and France exclusively at Spectacles.com priced at £149.99 (includes charging case and cable). This new 2.0 design also comes after a report suggesting that the company is working on 3-D video capable glasses that may release in 2019. They will be available in three colors, Onyx, Ruby, and Sapphire. The new Spectacles now sport two microphones instead of one to improve the audio quality of far-field voices while also helping out with noise reduction.

Snapchat is also collaborating with Lensabl to offer prescription and polarized lenses for customers in the US.

If Snapchat is truly to pull off the Spectacles successfully, they may finally see a profitable quarter after losing $720 million a year ago.

Users can capture up to 70 videos on a single charge.

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