Xiaomi announces AR smart glasses with Snapdragon 8 series chipset

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The augmented reality revolution is finally happening, years after the failed Google Glass experiment. While we wait for Apple officially announces its own AR / VR Glasses, Xiaomi has jumped the gun and announced a very interesting product – the Xiaomi Mijia Glasses Camera.

These smart glasses combine the look of regular glasses with quite high-end technology. If you look at the gadget, you can clearly see that Xiaomi has gone completely geek with this model, instead of trying to come up with something fashionable.

Aside from the Robocop look, these goggles weigh a hefty 100 grams, which might not sound like much when we talk about a chocolate bar (even though those calories stick like crazy), but if you’re wearing 100 grams on your face, it’s an entirely different matter.

Hardware Specifications Xiaomi Mijia Glasses

On the left side of the Mijia goggles are two cameras – a 50MP main camera and what looks like an 8MP periscope telephoto snapper. The latter offers 5x optical zoom (15x digital), comes with optical image stabilization and has an aperture of f/3.4. On the right, there’s more nerdy stuff going on – a MicroLED display made by Sony. This thing has a peak brightness of 3,000 nits and an insane pixel density of 3,281 ppi. The hardware showdown continues with a Snapdragon 8-series chipset inside (probably needed to drive all those pixels and provide high-resolution video capture through the dual camera system).

Further down in the specifications we find 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, a dual-band Wi-Fi chip, Bluetooth 5.0 and a 1020 mAh battery, which supports 10 W magnetic charging. According to Xiaomi, you can charge it from 0 to 80% in just 30 minutes, and a full charge lasts 100 minutes of video recording.

There are a few caveats here. First off, these glasses are just for China, at least for now. The other thing is, we’re talking about a crowdfunding campaign, which means we’re not sure if they’ll even see the lights of mass-produced robots assembling them. Nevertheless, it is a very interesting product that will cost CNY2,499 ($370) for the early backers, and CNY2,699 ($399) when (if) the product is officially in stores.

Xiaomi Mijia Glasses Camera specifications at a glance:

Our Take

This all looks like snake oil, but actually Xiaomi introduced the concept last year. At the time, we thought it was a PR stunt designed to draw media attention to Xiaomi, but it appears the company has launched a crowdfunding campaign to try and get the idea to the masses (starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. Beijing time). These glasses would have been built by Seiko (if we Weibo Message), and they’ve been in development for at least two years.
There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding such products, and even if the crowdfunding campaign proves successful, there are no guarantees that the Mijia glasses will even make their way outside of China. Another thing that raises eyebrows is the price – at $399, it’s a real bargain, given the latest rumors of Apple’s own AR/VR headset costing thousands of dollars. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Would you wear something like this on your face (if it only cost $399)?

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