After successfully tackling Magic Leap’s claim of stealing trade secrets, Nreal is finally able to toss its Mixed Light reality glasses into the consumer market. Starting today, people in Korea can pre-order Light – instead rebranded as “U + Real Glass” – as part of a LG Uplus mobile phone plan, as long as you choose the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or LG Velvet as your handset. That way you can buy the Light at a subsidized price of 349,500 earned (about $ 295). You can also purchase the glasses separately for $ 699,000 earned (about $ 590) at an LG Uplus store from Aug. 21if you prefer to use them with other phones.
Since Nreal designed the Light with a 5G smartphone in mind, this consumer suite lacks the Toast computing unit we saw in previous demonstrations. What you gain, however, is a “Cover VR” that blocks your view of the outside world, thus turning Light into improvised VR glasses. They will not replace dedicated VR headphones given their 52-degree diagonal field of view (the same figure for Microsoft-centric companies Hololens 2), while most VR headphones exceed 100 degrees here, but it is still a good bonus feature when you want to immerse yourself in games or videos.