Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Snap's second-generation Spectacles now available in Canada

Snap's second-generation Spectacles now available in Canada

In terms of price, you can pick up a pair now for £149.99, which makes them £20 more than the first Specs.

But it's been a challenging run for the company since it went public past year.

The Spectacles are available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and France starting Thursday. They come in three new colours: onyx, ruby, and sapphire, and users can choose between two lens shades for each colour.

Snap has just announced a new version of Spectacles, the brand's wearable camera, with a few key improvements over last years pair.

The primary function of the glasses is to take video from the perspective of the wearer. And the field of view is reduced from 115 to 105 degrees to address some of the V1's fish-eye warping, according to TechCrunch.

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The Spectacles' design is also getting a revamp, with an improved build quality, repositioned charging port, and no more permanent yellow ring, though a white circle is still present when recording.

Among 16 analysts covering Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP), 4 have Buy rating, 6 Sell and 6 Hold. Users will still need to import photos and videos from their "Memories", connect their device to a WiFi network, and wait for their content to download. Snap claimed the battery can last up to a week with regular usage.

The new version is water resistant, and they can take photos and videos in high definition. Which means taking it for surfing would be unfair but they will work perfectly fine in pool parties and rain dance. Spectacles can store up to 150 videos or 3,000 photos at a time. Time will tell, but it's very obvious that the company cares about their product line and there is already discussions of a more expensive version that includes an additional camera. But the fervor soon fizzled, and the company disclosed a year ago that it was sitting on hundreds of thousands of unsold pairs and took a $40 million loss on the glasses. But as someone who hovered over the "add to cart" button on Amazon countless times after spending time with the originals, I personally just can't see these updates being enough to truly widen the product's reach in the coming months.

Overall, we think the new Spectacles look much more mature than the previous model.

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