Lenovo announces new glasses that work with iPhone

We’ve heard a lot about Apple’s first mixed reality headset, which is expected to be unveiled sometime next year. But even though that day hasn’t come, Lenovo has announced its new “T1” AR glasses that surprisingly work with iPhone, iPad, and even Mac.

Meet the Lenovo T1 glasses

Lenovo Glasses T1 is the company’s answer to making this product category ready for the masses. The design is quite simple and there is nothing revolutionary about it. They are just black glasses with special lenses. In fact, the company sells it as “your personal mobile display solution” since it only works when connected to another device.

The hardware in Lenovo’s new AR glasses isn’t exactly impressive, but it seems sufficient for most situations. It has two Micro OLED panels with a resolution of 1080p each that display Full HD content with a frame rate of 60Hz. It is also certified for low blue light and flicker reduction for better eye comfort.

According to ArsTechnica, who was able to test a prototype of the Lenovo Glasses T1, the brightness level is reasonable and the colors are vibrant, not to mention that the interface and texts are “clear” enough. However, the report also notes that controlling the glasses can feel awkward at times, as it’s done through another device.

To make the device cheaper, Lenovo’s new glasses do not have a built-in processor. That is why the device requires a connection to a smartphone, tablet or computer. It can be connected to a compatible device via a USB-C cable, and Lenovo says an adapter will be available for iPhone users.

Of course, this ends up restricting what you can do with the glasses. Lenovo says that the product is focused on users who want to extend what they see on their computer or smartphone for a more immersive experience. For example, you can use it to watch a movie or play a game. The glasses also feature built-in speakers, in case you were wondering.

Price and availability

Lenovo’s new glasses will launch later this year in China and will arrive in “select markets” in 2023. The company did not give details on pricing, but a company representative said ArsTechnica that the product must cost less than $500.

Meanwhile, Apple is reported to have been working on two new AR/VR products. In addition to its mixed reality headset, which is expected to cost up to $3,000 due to its high-end hardware, the company also has plans to introduce its own AR glasses in the future.

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