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Just when you thought they were out, they pull themselves back in? I’m pretty sure this isn’t what Michael Corleone had in mind, but it’s not like he was an avid user of social media either. It looks like Snap, the company that you may have known previously as Snapchat, is ready to go at these camera-equipped glasses all over again with the new Snap Spectacles 2.0. And they’ll have more than one version too.

While the “camera company” hasn’t officially given the new product a name yet and they haven’t even officially confirmed their working on them, it looks like second-generation Spectacles are indeed on the way.

The refreshed Snap Spectacles 2.0, or whatever they’ll be called, are expected to launch later this year.

You might remember when the original Spectacles hit the scene in late 2016 with the random pop-up vending machines. Fueled by this success, Snap decided to start selling them online last February, but that’s when interest started to wane. By the end of last year, they were sitting on nearly $40 million in “excess inventory reserves and inventory-purchase commitment cancellation charges.”

So, what can we expect this time around?

First, the new version should have some slight improvements like have a better camera with better performance, along with water resistance (not everyone is Snapping in California) and some new colors. That’ll remind people that they still exist and they’re still relevant. There may also be some integrated Bitmoji AR integration.

But really, the bigger news will come after the Snap Spectacles 2.0 in 2019. The even newer version could come with an aluminum frame with added durability, plus a second camera to enabled 3D depth effects in video. We’ll also reportedly get GPS for geotagging and a leather case for transport, bumping the price up closer to $300 as a result.


And if you’re not sold on Snap’s own designs, they’re reported in talks with Warby Parker and Luxottica to integrate Snap camera tech in their glasses. Luxottica is responsible for such fashionable brands as Burberry, Chanel, Coach, DKNY, Giorgio Armani, Michael Kores, Miu Miu Eyewear, Oakley, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Ray-Ban, Versace and more. That’d be a pretty big deal.

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