Samsung has pretty much abandoned the low-cost Gear VR lineup, Google’s Daydream platform isn’t doing a lot better either, while higher-end headsets are yet to yield the tiniest of profits for HTC, but none of that is stopping Snap from betting big on another stylish pair of smartglasses.
You absolutely can’t deny the Spectacles 3 look great, with a premium lightweight steel frame, circular lenses, and a pair of snazzy color options including carbon (read black) and a “mineral” tone “inspired by cosmetic hues with a hint-of-gold frame” (so, basically, a lighter shade of gold.) But when it comes to the aforementioned augmented reality features, they simply don’t sound compelling enough to justify a $380 purchase. Not yet, at least.
The biggest upgrade over the first two generations is undoubtedly the addition of a second HD camera capable of capturing “depth and dimension the way our eyes do.” Basically, it’s now possible to produce 3D Snaps and enrich your content with various 3D Effects on Snapchat. You can tap a physical button to record up to 60 seconds of video at once or press and hold for a quick still, although you’ll have to manually connect the Spectacles 3 to your iPhone or Android handset to actually transfer your photos and recordings to your Snapchat account and then edit them at will.