PRE-ORDER NOW: XREAL announced its new Air 2 and Air 2 Pro glasses on October 24th. You can pre-order them now for $399 and $449 respectively.
It was a promising year for high-tech eyewear. With each new launch, from TCL’s RayNeo AR glasses to Meta’s Ray-Ban smart glasses, these wearables are finally moving away from being so futuristic it’s far-fetched to actually being quite practical (a similar pipeline to that Smartwatch in the mid-2010s). Now, XREAL is answering the competition with not one, but two new pairs: The available on Amazon). End of November.
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If you’re still having trouble getting used to AR glasses at all DoConsider one of those bulky mixed reality headsets with a physical design casual enough to be worn in public. Behind these lenses floats a massive 330-inch screen that takes movie watching, gaming, work or doomscrolling experiences far beyond what a television or computer monitor could ever dream of. Specifically with this new reduction, the Air 2 and Air 2 Pro’s display will be sharper than before, with an increase from a 0.68-inch to a 0.55-inch Micro-OLED display, as well as 25 percent brighter.
Because sometimes you just have to lie on the floor.
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One-touch dimming control sets the $449 Air 2 Pro apart from the $399 Air 2. Three modes (Transparent, Productivity and Immersive) automatically adjust the amount of light passing through the lenses depending on which setting you want. The latter blocks out all light and will probably be a must to really enjoy the 120Hz refresh rate while gaming.
The Air 2 and Air 2 Pro feature an improved spatial, wrap-around, open-ear speaker system that increases the wearer’s privacy while remaining inconspicuous when wearing the glasses in public. This and EQ-calibrated beamforming microphones are intended to improve the clarity of voice calls on the speaking and listening sides.
The original XREAL Air AR glasses were not without their quirks. Mashable contributor RJ Andersen found that while they’re cool, they’re more of a glorified external monitor than a true 3D augmented reality device if you own an iPhone or Intel Mac. Although all glasses are available on a Nintendo Switch, PS5 or Xbox X or S.
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If you already own the first pair of XREAL Air AR glasses, there’s probably little reason to spend about $400 more to replace them. However, if you don’t currently wear AR glasses and are choosing between the first and second generations of XREAL, pre-ordering the new glasses is the right choice. Considering that opting for the older pair (now $339) would only save you $60, you can also secure the lens light-up and possible software updates that make the second generation even further different others would stand out.