If you thought laying off tens of employees and a shedload of a leftover stock was enough to pull back Snap Inc. from building another version of Spectacles, you’d be wrong. The company is back with Spectacles 2, and it says it has managed to mend the majority of the shortcomings of the first one. The biggest feature, however, is the fact that the new Spectacles can click pictures which was oddly absent on the first-gen model.
At its core, the new Spectacles is largely the same. It’s a pair of sunglasses with a circular LED ring which can record videos or snaps and transfer it to your phone. Except for this time, there’s the ability to take stills as well. In addition to that, you can now tap the button two or three times to create a 20- or 30-second clips instead of just 10-second. All of this, with the Spectacles 2.0, also can be done underwater. Yes, Spectacles are now waterproof, and the company says you can safely dive into a pool or play around in the ocean.
The other critical highlight is that Spectacles can now send pictures or videos three times quicker than before. Both the charging case and the sunglasses themselves have been slimmed down as well. The resolution for pictures is 1642 x 1642, and for videos, 1216 x 1216 which is a 25 percent improvement over its predecessors. The battery life, in spite of the smaller form factor, has not been shrunk, thankfully. On a single charge, the Spectacles can shoot about 70 video snaps.
The new Spectacles are also marginally more expensive than the last at $150, $20 more than the previous model. Another change this time around is that you can buy them right away from the company’s website in the United States and won’t have to wait for crazy booths to show up in your city.