We’ve heard a lot about Apple’s first mixed reality headset, which is expected to be unveiled next year. But while that day is yet to come, Lenovo has announced its newest AR glasses “T1,” which, surprisingly, work with iPhones, iPads, and even Macs.
Meet Lenovo T1 Glasses
Lenovo Glasses T1 is the company’s answer to making this product category ready for the masses. The design is quite simple, and there is nothing revolutionary about it. It’s just sunglasses with special lenses. In fact, the company sells it as a “your personal phone display solution”, as it only works when connected to another device.
Lenovo’s new AR glasses hardware isn’t particularly impressive, but it seems sufficient for most situations. It has two Micro OLED panels with 1080p resolution each displaying Full HD content at a 60Hz framerate. It is also certified for low blue light and flicker reduction for greater eye comfort.
Based on ArsTechnica, who tried the prototype of the Lenovo Glasses T1, the brightness level is reasonable and the colors are bright, not to mention the interface and text are quite “clear”. However, the report also notes that controlling the glasses can sometimes feel awkward, since you’re doing it via another device.
To make the device cheaper, Lenovo’s new glasses don’t have a built-in processor. This is why the device requires a connection to a smartphone, tablet or computer. It can be connected to compatible devices via a USB-C cable, and Lenovo says there will be an adapter available for iPhone users.
Of course, this ends up limiting what you can do with the glasses. Lenovo says this product is focused on users who want to expand what they see on their computer or smartphone for a more immersive experience. For example, you can use it to watch movies or play games. These glasses also feature built-in speakers, in case you were wondering.
Price and availability
Lenovo’s new glasses will launch later this year in China and will arrive in “select markets” in 2023. The company did not provide pricing details, but a company representative told ArsTechnica that the product must cost under $500.
Meanwhile, Apple is reportedly working on two new AR/VR products. In addition mixed reality headsetwhich is estimated to cost up to $3,000 due to its state-of-the-art hardware, the company also has planning to introduce its own AR glasses in the future.
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