Tencent has unveiled its take on smart spectacles similar to Snap Spectacles


The Chinese social media juggernaut Tencent has unveiled its own version of the Snap Spectacles smart eyewear. They are known as Weishi smart glasses, and they will be available soon.

Given the catastrophic failure of the first generation Spectacles Specs, this decision comes as a bit of a surprise. When the glasses were first introduced in 2016, Snap created buzz around them by having intermittent sales that made them difficult to find. In the end, it came to light that the business was hoarding hundreds of thousands of unsold pairs. As interest in the specifications waned, Snap reported a significant loss. Version 2.0 of the product was released by the company earlier this year, but it lacked the initial excitement.

Tencent is now releasing its own version of Snap Spectacles for the Chinese market. The glasses are made by a company called Tonot in Shenzhen, and they serve the same function. This is done to assist users in producing videos from the first-person viewpoint by using a lens in the upper left corner.

The primary difference between Weishi smart glasses and the original version of Snap Spectacles appears to be the absence of the rings that light up when the user is actively recording. They are all black instead, just like the Spectacles from the second generation. The glasses have an 8-megapixel camera that can capture videos in 720p or 1080p HD definition, according to their technological specifications.

Tencent announced smart spectacles that resemble Snap Spectacles.

The name of the specs provides additional hints as to why Tencent decided to release them. The Mandarin word “weishi” means “micro shows.” This is also the name of the company’s recently promoted app for sharing brief videos. The introduction of the smart glasses may be an effort to compete with TikTok, which currently dominates the Chinese video sharing market (formerly Musical.ly).

Tencent also has the largest investment in Snap, with a roughly 17 percent ownership stake. Snap revealed that the Chinese company had increased its stake in the business in November of last year.

Starting on November 11, which also happens to be a significant shopping festival in China, the Weishi smart glasses will be available for purchase. The cost has not yet been disclosed.


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