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More details on Samsung's AR glasses leak out

A video for Samsung's Glasses is allegedly out there. (Source: Twitter)
A video for Samsung's Glasses is allegedly out there. (Source: Twitter)
More evidence of Samsung's foray into the augmented reality (AR) market has emerged, in the form of a new video that might be marketing material for its first-gen Glasses. They are apparently pitched at use-cases such as gaming and content consumption as well as virtual conferencing and presentations. They may also work as sunglasses and have a virtual DeX modes.

Samsung reportedly patented its take on the AR glasses form-factor in 2020. Now, the leaker WalkingCat has posted what may be outline videos for the first market-ready version of this concept on Twitter. According to this content, the products are to be pitched at users who want mixed-reality (MR) entertainment, gaming, productivity, or all three.

Accordingly, one of the videos suggest that "Samsung AR Glasses" can carry out tasks such as generating and working with simulations and support conferencing with life-sized holographic attendees. The OEM might also release "Glasses Lite", a rather more chunky variant with features such as VR gaming and video support, as well as a sort of virtual DeX mode.

Samsung's alleged videos also depict a Sunglasses mode, in which their lenses can darken automatically at the touch of a button. They will also apparently be controlled using the OEM's smartwatches (a path that may or may not be complicated by the rumored imminent ditching of Tizen OS).

Then again, these new leaks give no sign of a launch date for these Samsung Glasses, not to speak of pricing for this potential new foray into the AR market. They may have to contend with other new entrants such as those from Facebook and Apple at that point.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-02-22 (Update: 2021-02-23)