Xreal, previously known as Nreal, is taking a significant step by introducing its second-generation smart glasses, the Xreal Air 2 and Air 2 Pro Wearable Smart Glasses Unleashed model for a global audience. While initially launched in China and Japan, these state-of-the-art smart glasses are now going to Europe and the United States.
This expansion marks an exciting development in the world of augmented reality. The Xreal Air 2 and Air 2 Pro have enhanced features, improved comfort, and a sleeker design. This move underscores Xreal’s commitment to providing innovative AR technology to a broader audience, setting the stage for an immersive, boundary-pushing AR experience that transcends geographical boundaries.
The Xreal Air 2, a successor to the original Air, boasts a 10% reduction in thickness and weight, ensuring a more comfortable and lightweight user experience. The new elastic temples and AirFit nose pads contribute to extended wearability, enabling users to enjoy the glasses longer. Based on customer feedback, it was found that a significant percentage of users wear augmented reality (AR) glasses for various purposes, ranging from productivity tasks to entertainment. The survey revealed that 68% of users utilize AR glasses for at least an hour for productivity tasks, 57% use them to stream movies and TV, and 47% engage in gaming.
Among the notable qualities of the second-generation glasses is the inclusion of micro-OLED screens from Sony. These screens support a 120Hz mode and an increased brightness of 500 nits, up from the previous 400 nits. Factory-calibrated displays achieve a gamma of 2.2. With a resolution of 1080p per eye, the glasses deliver 49 pixels per degree (PPD) with a 46° field of view, delivering a more immersive AR experience.
A new addition to the series is the Xreal Air 2 Pro, featuring electrochromic dimming. This solves a common issue AR glasses wearers face – the need to darken the glasses, often requiring an additional shade attachment. The Pro model offers a convenient solution by allowing users to change transparency easily. Three distinct modes cater to different needs:
- Transparent mode permits full light penetration for optimal AR use.
- 35% of light is blocked in productivity mode to enhance virtual screen focus while maintaining awareness of surroundings.
- Light is blocked 100% in immersive mode for an uninterrupted movie or gaming experience.
Moreover, the virtual screen size is customizable, allowing it to expand to a massive 330 inches.
Enhanced sound capabilities also elevate the glasses’ entertainment features. While users can opt to use headphones, the glasses come equipped with built-in open speakers, thoughtfully directed at the ears to prevent disturbing those nearby. EQ-calibrated beamforming microphones are available for professional use, making the glasses suitable for voice calls or in-game chat.
The Xreal Air 2 and Air 2 Pro are available in Graphite Gray and Carmine Red. However, for those seeking a more personalized look, the Kaleido Kit offers a selection of skins in six vibrant colors: Navy Blue, Verdigris, Royal Blue, Dale Dogwood, Jonquil, and Dartmouth Green.
Pre-orders for the Xreal Air 2 and Air 2 Pro are now open on xreal.com, and customers can also find these innovative smart glasses on Amazon. The European launch is in early November, available in Germany, France, and Italy. Customers in the UK and the US can expect these devices to hit the market in mid-to-late November. The Xreal Air 2 is priced at $450, €460, or £450, while the Xreal Air 2 Pro is available for €515.
With these enhanced features and global availability, Xreal is set to significantly impact augmented reality, catering to productivity and entertainment needs with its cutting-edge smart glasses.