Snap Inc just launched Snap Spectacles 3, a pair of smart sunglasses with much better specs than the previous generations but a spicy price tag that reflects that upgrade.
They’re $380, quite the hike from $150 – $200 for older models.
At first look, the Spectacles 3 won’t be mistaken for a pair of regular sunglasses like their predecessors, instead choosing a high-tech design that looks just as sleek in Carbon or Mineral (black).
Moving on to specs, Snap’s Spectacles 3 use two HD cameras to take snaps and transform them using 3D Effects
“Snaps captured using Spectacles 3 seamlessly transfer in HD to Memories within Snapchat to add new lighting, landscapes, and other magical effects to an entire scene with a swipe. Snaps can also export to Camera Roll as circular, horizontal, square and virtual reality formats for saving, editing, sharing, and reliving, anywhere,” teased Snap a while back.
For video, Snap says you can capture and sync up up to 70 videos in 1216 x 1216 px at 60 fps per full charge – if you’re running low, the charging case can bring the glasses up to 50% in 15 minutes and up to 100% in just 75 minutes.
As for photos, you take them in 1728 x 1728 px and the 4 GB of storage lets you keep up to 1,200 3D photos.
And yes, if you just want to not Snap for a bit, the Spectacles 3 do a decent job of being fashionable sunglasses, with a tint for 100% UVA and UVB protection and a category 3 lens for glare reduction.