Getting your hands on actual consumer-focused smartglasses isn’t the easiest thing to do, there are plenty for enterprise but not for the general public. That’s beginning to change thanks to companies like Rokid and Qualcomm. For those in the US, however, Nreal Light will be going on general sale via Verizon stores later this month.
The deal will see Nreal Light sold exclusively through Verizon stores and online for $599 USD, available from 20 Verizon brick and mortar stores from 30th November 2021, whilst online sales begin on 3rd December. Customers who head in-store will be able to trial the smartglasses before buying.
Nreal Light is a smartphone-powered augmented reality (AR) device which allows users to interact with general apps on their phones as well as utilising specific AR apps designed for the headset. Compatible with Android and iOS phones, Nreal Light features 6 degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) tracking, plane detection and image tracking, a 52° field of view (FoV); spatial sound, and a USB-C, all weighing in at 106g.
As for smartphone compatibility, Nreal Light will work with the following Verizon sold devices:
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW
- Samsung Galaxy S20 5G UW
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
- OnePlus 8 5G UW
“Although Nreal Light’s availability in the U.S. has been highlight anticipated, we couldn’t be more excited to be announcing the sales of Nreal Light at Verizon retail stores as this marks a momentous milestone not only for Nreal, but also the AR industry as a whole,” said Chi Xu, CEO and Founder at Nreal in a statement.
The 20 Verizon stores which will have stock are:
|Verizon Retail Store||Address||City||State|
|Clarendon||2930 Clarendon Blvd||Arlington||VA|
|Buckhead||3275 Peachtree Rd NE STE 270||Atlanta||GA|
|Ponce De Leon||650 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Suite 660 B||Atlanta||GA|
|Boston – Washington St||340 Washington St||Boston||MA|
|The Hub – Boston Retail||98 Causeway St||Boston||MA|
|Cambridge – Harvard Square||95 Mount Auburn St Harvard Square||Cambridge||MA|
|Millennium||36 S State St||Chicago||IL|
|Hoboken Store||93 Washington St||Hoboken||NJ|
|River Oaks||2071 Westheimer Rd||Houston||TX|
|Grand Central||420 Lexington Ave||New York||NY|
|Madison Avenue||342 Madison Ave||New York||NY|
|80th & Broadway||2239 Broadway||New York||NY|
|Hudson Yards||20 Hudson Yards RU311||New York||NY|
|Bryant Park||125 W 42Nd St||New York||NY|
|SoHo||581 Broadway||New York||NY|
|Wall Street||100 Wall St||New York||NY|
|Palo Alto||219 University Ave||Palo Alto||CA|
|SF Mission||2654 Mission St||San Francisco||CA|
|Short Hills Mall||1200 Morris Tpke||Short Hills||NJ|
|DC 14th Street||1529 14th St NW||Washington||DC|
Nreal originally launched its latest generation of smartglasses in South Korea during 2020, following that up with a European release through Vodafone in Spring 2021. Whilst Nreal Light is only just arriving in the US, the company has already revealed the next iteration, Nreal Air, a smaller and lighter device due to arrive in Japan, China and South Korea during December. For continued Nreal updates, keep reading VRFocus.