Snap announces Spectacles 3 glasses with updated design and HD camera

Snap has announced Spectacles 3, a redesigned version of its augmented reality sunglasses.

What is special

Snap equipped the glasses with a second HD camera andhas developed a set of new 3D effects. They will be exclusive to Spectacles, and later this year the company plans to allow third-party developers to create such filters.

Like previous versions, the glasses allow you to removetake photos and videos by pressing the button on the top of the glasses. Photos are saved at 1642 x 1642 pixels and videos at 1,216 x 1,216 pixels. During recording, the indicators around each camera light up. Once synced with an Android or iOS device, images can be edited, sent to Snapchat, or exported for sharing on other platforms such as YouTube.

Without recharging, the device shoots 70 videos andmore than 200 photos, and 4GB of memory holds up to 100 videos or 1,200 photos. As before, the glasses can be charged by storing them in the special charging case. They fully charge in 75 minutes.

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There are also disadvantages

Unfortunately, pictures taken with glassesare still not automatically transferred to your Snapchat account. Snap officials say there are still technical hurdles preventing automatic transfers. Therefore, you will have to download them via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The exception is iOS users. They will be able to set up automatic export of snaps to Snapchat using Wi-Fi and a case.


Spectacles 3 will be available at in November for $380 in two colors: carbon (black) and mineral (beige). For comparison, last year's model costs $150. Snap executives say that this version is aimed at a small group of creative designers.

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The high price of the glasses will likely limit their appeal, especially among high school and college students who primarily use Snapchat.