After successfully fighting off Magic Leap’s claim that it stole trade secrets, Nreal is finally able to launch its Light mixed reality glasses into the consumer market. Starting today, folks in Korea can pre-order the Light as part of a mobile phone plan on the LG Uplus network, so long as you pick the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 — or the LG Velvet a couple of weeks later — as your handset. That way you can buy the Light at a subsidized price of 349,500 won (about $295), though LG Uplus members can also buy the glasses for 699,000 won (about $590), if they want to plug them into existing phones.
Since Nreal designed the Light with 5G smartphones in mind, this consumer kit lacks the Toast computing unit we saw in earlier demos. What do you gain, however, is a “VR Cover” that blocks out your view of the outside world, thus converting the Light into makeshift VR glasses. They won’t replace dedicated VR headsets given their relatively limited 52-degree diagonal field of view (most VR headsets exceed 100 degrees), but it’s still a nice bonus for when you want to immerse yourself into games or video. Nreal also claims that the Light supports all native Android apps via its Nebula interface, so in theory, you should be able to easily access your phone’s apps without taking off the glasses.