TCL is About Ready to Launch the NXTWEAR S XR Glasses

A new extended reality glasses product called NXTWEAR S is about to be launched by TCL Electronics Holdings Limited (Hong Kong).  A video introducing the NXTWEAR S is appended to the end of this article.  The glasses are pictured in the figure below.

The NXTWEAR S XR glasses.

TCL is a subsidiary of TCL Industries Holdings which itself is a subsidiary of TCL Technology.  The company is engaged in display and internet businesses.  Focusing on the mid-to-high-end markets around the world, the company strives to “consolidate the intelligent IoT ecosystem strategy.” 

The features and specifications of the NXTWEAR S include the following:

  • Dimensions

                  Unfolded: 175 mm x 166 mm x 51 mm

                  Folded: 56 mm x 154 mm x 51 mm

  • Weight: 93 g
  • Display

                  Type: dual microOLED

                  Aspect ratio: 16:9

                  Refresh rate: 60 Hz

           Resolution: 1920 x 1080 in 2D, 3840 x 1080 in 3D

  • Display optics

                  Type: Birdbath

                  FOV: 47 degrees

                  PPD: 47

                  Image size: 140 inch at 4 meters

  • Headset: Can be connected to the user’s personal earphones. Connection is by Bluetooth to the user’s smartphone.
  • Sensors: Gyroscope, accelerometer and pressure sensor
  • Connectivity: UBC Type C with Display Port
  • Operation: 3 DOF
  • Battery: No built in battery – the glasses are directly powered by connected devices.

NXTWEAR S supports play of both 2D and 3D videos, games and other streaming applications.  The user can switch between 2D and 3D modes and adjust the image brightness through a dial on the right temple.

With dual built-in speakers, the NXTWEAR S offers dynamic stereo sound.  The “ultra linear” unit delivers what is described as a better bass sound.  A volume wheel is located near the left temple.  Utilizing a phase cancellation design, the NXTWEAR S reduces high frequency noise as well as offering a privacy mode.

NXTWEAR S is compatible with a wide range of smartphones, tablets and PCs.  The glasses also connect to gaming consoles such as Xbox, Switch and PlayStation.  A customized adaptor is available for devices that do not support Display Port, such as iPhone.

NXTWEAR S can accommodate nearsighted users by the addition of an eyeglasses type lens that magnetically attaches to the back of the NXTWEAR S optics.  It is intended that the user take the frame, provided along with the NXTWEAR S, to their local eyeglass store and obtain custom prescription eyeglass lenses.

A sunglass like front lens is also provided with the NXTWEAR S.  The sunglass lens magnetically attaches to the front of the NXTWEAR S optics and serves to provide different levels of light transmission from the outside environment.

The company notes that the NXTWEAR S has obtained a low blue light level and a no stroboscopic certification from the German TÜV Rheinland Group.

The curved surface of the NXTWEAR S has a “soft, skin friendly finish.”  The glasses have adjustable nose pads allowing the NXTWEAR S to fit different face shapes.

A magnetic pogo pin connector is located at the rear of the right temple and allows easy connection of the glasses to smart devices and computers.

Part of the fundraising/advertising effort undertaken by the company relating to the NXTWEAR S includes a Kickstarter campaign.  The campaign can be found here.  This all or nothing project was funded as expected at the time of writing this.

The early bird price for the NXTWEAR S glasses, as listed on the Kickstarter website, is $329.  The expected MSRP is posted as $449.  The company reports that the NXTWEAR S glasses are already in production and guarantees delivery to all backers.  The goal is to ship the glasses starting in December, 2022.  – Arthur Berman