Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By Bennie Mills

Snapchat fixes its Spectacles with overhauled follow-up, but will they sell?

Snapchat fixes its Spectacles with overhauled follow-up, but will they sell?

It's arguable that Spectacles provide a fun and trendy-ish way for Snapchat to differentiate itself from Instagram.

The final improvement is the fact that the Snapchat Spectacles 2 are now safe to take into the water - allowing you to safely dive into a pool wearing them or splash around in the ocean.

Snapchat's first attempt failed for a myriad of reasons, selling only 220, 000 of the devices resulting in a $40 million write off.

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Unsurprisingly, the Spectacles V2 resembles V1, but it does come with very small changes. It's also available in new colors: black, red and blue. The first edition had a limit of 10 second video clips, but the new one expands, and lets users capture a second clip, after the initial 10 second one, of up to 30 seconds. Now, more than a year later, we have a new pair of Spectacles to buy.

The first version of this trendy form of wearable tech was quite the misstep for the social media juggernaut, despite being positively received by reviewers.

Those proved to be pretty popular for the company, with lines cropping up all over the United States as Snap launched vending machines in random spots to sell the product. Video resolution is now 1,216 x 1,216 instead of 1,088 x 1,088, while the new photo mode (there wasn't one before) grabs Snaps at 1,642 x 1,642. There's no option in capturing video and images in standard quality. We'll just have to see if that even further improved version ever makes its debut. Photos and videos are also now captured in HD and transfer to the Snapchat app up to four times faster.

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The first Spectacles had a 9 second/video average transfer time, but the latest Spectacles now take below 3 second/video. Their charging case is also getting shrunk.

The Spectacles are available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and France starting Thursday. Despite a ton of hype, a mass audience has not quite lusted after Snap's Spectacles. It is important to note that depending on a customer's vision needs, prescription lenses can double the price of the Spectacles.

The new Snapchat Spectacles.

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