You possibly can watch TV in AR with the Nreal Air sun shades


  • Nreal plans to release its specs in the US.


  • The second AR glasses from Nreal are cheaper and lighter.

  • The Nreal Air AR glasses will debut in December.


Ever wish you could see YouTube videos through your sunglasses? That’s pretty much what augmented reality (AR) eyewear company Nreal is aiming for with the Nreal Air announced today. With a light weight of 77 g and a micro OLED display, the Nreal Air is exactly what you need to finally see parks and recreation in a real park.

Since Nreal released the Nreal Light in 2019, AR technology has evolved so that hardware offerings can be smaller. The Nreal Air is 27 percent lighter than the Nreal Light (3.74 ounces / 106 g), but it also offers less functionality. There is no hand tracking or spatial awareness so you cannot interact with what you see. Instead, you have to rely on an app on your smartphone that needs to be connected to the Nreal Air in order for it to work (as is the case with the Nreal Light).

This is because the Nreal Air is not about dragging and dropping furniture through your virtual home or trying on outfits via a virtual avatar before buying or other more interactive AR apps. Instead, with the Nreal Air, Nreal is mainly aiming to watch videos on YouTube and other streaming apps.

The Nreal Air looks like sunglasses, but Nreal claims they are optimized for both indoor and outdoor use. The glasses can show a virtual display with a diagonal of up to 201 inches from a distance of 6 m. The display promises 49 pixels per degree (compared to 42 pixels per degree on the Nreal Light) and runs at a refresh rate of 90 Hz, so it updates itself more frequently with new information than many mainstream monitors and televisions, which often operate at 60 Hz.


To make your binge-watching more pleasant, the Nreal Air has a three-stage adjustable rake system with which you can tilt the lens of the glasses to optimize the viewing angle. In addition, the temples of the glasses are elastic to prevent tightness and slipping.

Nreal’s announcement claimed the new glasses were more private than the Nreal Light because the company “optimized the outward-facing camera to focus on the theatrical experience and make the lenses spectacularly occlusive”.

Nreal is also promoting the Air as the first AR glasses that work with Apple iOS so you can connect them to your iPhone or iPad. The Nreal Light (the older version) only worked with 5G-compatible smartphones that use a Qualcomm chip, so no Apple compatibility. Nreal also said that the new Nreal Air will work with “most” Android devices.

Enlarge / The stronger Nreal Light (above) weighs 3.74 ounces.


Nreal Air price and release date

Nreal’s new AR glasses will hit the market in China, Japan and South Korea in December. A Nreal spokesman told Ars Technica that “the US (and probably the EU) will follow suit.” The company is waiting to partner with carriers in the United States.

“It’s been a constant conversation and the US is an important market for Nreal products and in fact Nreal is almost there,” the spokesman said via email. “2022 is a big year for Nreal in the US (finally).”

We were also told that prices depend on the airlines and will be announced in December. According to the Nreal spokesman, the glasses will be “cheaper than Nreal Light and will be available in retail outlets at around the cost of a mid-range smartphone”. The Nreal Light is currently on sale outside the United States for around $ 600.

Offer picture from Nreall