Xiaomi is starting to position itself in the augmented reality sector. The Chinese brand presents the Mijia Glass Camera, connected glasses equipped with a hybrid x15 zoom and a Snapdragon 8 chip.
The 2020 decade promises to be a turning point in the development of connected glasses. The sector is booming and big names such as Google, Apple or Facebook have decided to invest massively. Google recently made the choice to come back through the back door by publicly testing new augmented reality glasses. It is now the turn of Xiaomi presenting the Mijia Glasses Camera.
The Chinese giant is not at its first attempt, it had lifted the veil on connected glasses in 2021. This first attempt marked Xiaomi’s entry into the race for “smart glasses”, but the manufacturer was not ready to put their glasses in the hands of the general public. With its new project, Xiaomi goes further by offering a pair of glasses technically impressive.
Xiaomi takes the smart glasses market by storm
The Mijia Glasses feature a 50 megapixel camera (wide-angle, quad bayer), as well as a 8 megapixel periscopic telephoto lens with optical stabilization (OIS). In addition, they would provide a 5x optical zoom or hybrid up to 15x and 100 minutes of continuous recording. Inside, Xiaomi equips its glasses with a Qualcomm solution 8-core Snapdragon, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The connection is via wifi and Bluetooth 5.0.
A 1,020 mAh battery powers the product, with 10 W magnetic charging. Xiaomi evokes a charge from 0 to 80% in less than 30 minutes.
On the design side, the Chinese manufacturer does not take any risks. Mijia glasses reminiscent of Google Glass and feature a classic shape, with the focus on the photo block. The glasses are intended to be light and only display 100 grams on the scale. We also find a Sony Micro OLED display duo with a peak brightness of up to 3,000 nits.
In terms of privacy, the glasses have a LED indicator of shooting. Located at the front, it lights up to let others know when the wearer is taking photos or recording videos.
Enthusiastic, the Chinese giant evokes the presence of wearable technology “never seen before”. The glasses are designed to connect to smartphone through the Mijia app; allowing the owner to import photos, apply a filter or even share images. However, Xiaomi does not seem to revolutionize the sector and relies mainly on practical functions.
Mijia glasses offer a real-time translation between English and Chinese, as well as intelligent recognition of animals and plants. Updates are planned to provide new features.
Price and availability
Xiaomi has decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign for its glasses. In China, the Mijia will be available for pre-order from August 3 via the Xiaomi Youpin platform. The starting price is set at 2,699 yuan (about 390 euros excluding tax), with a special price for the crowdfunding campaign at 2,499 yuan (about 360 euros excluding tax).
Discreet, Xiaomi does not specify whether it intends to market its glasses outside of China. The manufacturer will probably wait for the first feedback before considering an international launch.