Modern phone screens might look amazing, but there’s no denying that they’re usually quite small, especially for comfortably watching a long video. TCL Communications has the answer with the TCL NXTWear G, a portable display that places a 140-inch equivalent screen right in front of your eyes.
The NXTWear G have a sunglasses-like design and are quite light at around 100 grams, so wearing them for the duration of an average movie shouldn’t be a problem. You’re looking at two Sony OLED screens each with Full HD resolution, which feels like you’re looking at a 140-inch screen in 16: 9 aspect ratio. TCL says the NXTWear G will display both 3D and 4K resolution video, and because the glasses understand your body position, you can watch while standing, sitting, or lying down and the screen will always stay in front of your eyes.
Worried about battery life? Don’t be, because there is no battery inside. Instead, the NXTWear G is powered by the device it’s connected to via a USB Type-C cable. It connects to your smartphone, tablet, Windows PC, or Mac’s USB display port and effectively mirrors what you would normally see on the screen. For example, you can watch videos from your phone or make video calls from your computer. Since the NXTWear G doesn’t cover your entire face like a virtual reality (VR) headset, you should still see the device, desktop, or keyboard functioning normally.
TCL says that with the glasses connected to a phone – around 100 different models work with the NXTWear G so far – on average, the device’s battery should provide enough power to watch around five hours of video. . Although there are speakers built into the glasses, listening to audio using a Bluetooth headset from the connected device will increase privacy. If you wear glasses normally, you have the option of adding your prescription to a separate lens that magnetically attaches inside the NXTWear G. A selection of nose pads are included to help you get the best fit. The glasses fold up to be stored in a case for easy transport.
TCL has been talking about its wearable display technology for some time, and it was revealed at CES 2021 as Project Archer. We’ve tried prototypes at trade shows before, but we still have to try them out in this new, much more user-friendly hardware design. When will that change? It may still take a little while, as TCL launch plans begin in South Korea and Australia in July, Europe will follow. A North American release is planned, but there is no schedule yet.
Part of the reason for this is how TCL currently markets the NXTWear G portable display. It has deals with partners in South Korea and Australia where the glasses are packaged with a video subscription service and, in some cases a smartphone as well. He is in discussions to bring the NXTWear G to the United States in a similar fashion. It’s a whole new kind of product, and TCL is exploring ways to help people figure out how to get the most out of it. He still intends to sell the NXTWear G separately in some regions, with a forecast price of around 599 euros, or around $ 715.