Nreal’s New AR Sunglasses Look Pretty Gosh Darn Stylish


The Nreal Air AR smart glasses are capable of simulating a massive 201-inch with a refresh rate of 90Hz.

Hot off the heels of a successful Series C funding round, Nreal—the company behind the Nreal Light AR glasses—has announced a new set of consumer AR sunglasses. The Nreal Air are unlike any other AR glasses we’ve seen so far, combining style with technology.

Nreal’s latest AR wearable is centered around convenience and comfort. Weighing in at only 77g, the company claims that the Nreal Air can be worn comfortably all day, whether you’re looking at the latest sales numbers during a work call or enjoying some after-work-hour activities like streaming episodes of your favorite TV show or chasing high scores against your gaming buds.

On top of solo activities, the Nreal Air allows you to create a shared digital space and invite other Nreal Air users from anywhere around the globe. Here you can collaborate with coworkers or watch content with friends in the virtual theater.

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The Nreal Air is capable of projecting a massive 130-inch hi-res virtual display when viewing the screen at a simulated distance of 3 meters. The glasses promise impressive visuals powered by its best-in-market micro-OLED chip. If you are looking through Nreal Air at a virtual distance of 6 meters, however, you’ll end up with a whopping 201-inch screen featuring an impressive refresh rate of 90Hz. 

While the glasses require a tethered smartphone in order to run, Nreal took additional steps to prevent the device from quickly draining your phone’s battery. What’s especially interesting is the fact that the Nreal Air supports both iPhones and iPads, making them one of the first AR devices in the world to offer compatibility with Apple iOS. Don’t worry Android users, the Nreal Air will be compatible with most Android devices. 

There’s no shortage of innovation when it comes to the Nreal Air. Nreal built the glasses to be more adaptive to various facial structures thanks to an Adjustable 3-Step Rake System built into the frames. This system allows for more customization by giving you the ability to tilt the lens to adjust the viewing angle in your glasses. It also uses elastic temples that fit snuggly on your head to prevent the glasses from slipping off of your face.

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From the looks of the images we’ve seen, the Nreal Air sunglasses look deceptively stylish. Like other smart glasses such as Snapchat Spectacles or Ray Ban Stories, the glasses controls are built into the arms of the glasses. Nreal took privacy seriously when designing the Nreal Air AR sunglasses. The company streamlined the outward-facing camera to focus more on the theater experience, making the lenses spectacularly occlusive.

In an official press release, Chi Xu, Founder of Nreal, said, “Consumers today are seeking lighter, but longer-lasting AR glasses exclusively for streaming media and working from home. For instance, in Korea, we’ve found that 78% of our users use Nreal Light to watch streaming content.” Xu adds, “Nreal Air builds on our Nreal Light offering and furthers our mission to spread AR globally. With Nreal Air, we’ve zeroed in on the perks of a portable movie theater and condensed this into lightweight AR sunglasses with a zero-footprint display, while making it affordable.”

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We’ve yet to get our hands on a pair of Nreal Air glasses, but when we do, we’ll be sure to provide more in-depth coverage.

Nreal plans on launching their Nreal Air AR sunglasses in December 2021 in three key Asian markets, including Japan, China, and South Korea in partnership with the world’s leading carriers. Nreal Air’s rollout to other markets will continue through 2022. Pricing will be determined by local carrier partners but will retail at a fraction of the price of Nreal Light.

To learn more about Nreal, click here.

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