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Google Glass Specs Finally Revealed – 5MP Camera, 16GB Storage, Bone Conduction Audio, and Full Day Battery

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Google Glass is here, folks, whether the world is ready for it or not. After sending out notifications to participants of the Glass Explorer program and then releasing a developer API, Google also pushed out a support page for Glass which included FAQ and official tech specs. From the beginning, we were curious as to what was packed inside this new wearable tech. The mystery is finally over with. 

The device itself has a “durable frame” that “fits any face” and includes adjustable nosepads. The display is considered “high resolution” that is the equivalent to a 25″ HD TV being viewed at eight feet away. The camera features a 5MP sensor that can record 720p video. Audio is taken care of by a Bone Conduction Transducer. There is 16GB of internal storage, though only about 12GB is usable. A typical battery charge should get you through an entire day as long as you aren’t spending extra time video recording or participating in Hangouts.

Google Glass should work on any Android device running 4.0.3 or higher and that has Bluetooth.

With Glass unit in hand, the new MyGlass companion app is how you set it up. [Play Link]

Here is the full list:

  • Fit:  Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face; Extra nosepads in two sizes.
  • Display:  High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.
  • Camera:  Photos – 5 MP; Videos – 720p
  • Audio:  Bone Conduction Transducer
  • Connectivity:  Wifi – 802.11b/g; Bluetooth
  • Storage:  12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.
  • Battery:  One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.
  • Charger:  Included Micro USB cable and charger. While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.
  • Compatibility:  Any Bluetooth-capable phone; The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.

Via:  Google Glass Specs | FAQ | 9to5Google

  • Wyveryx

    Why no Wi-Fi N?

  • [email protected]

    Google glass. Stupid. The average db just got another db accessory for his/her collection right next to fedoras, and thick black non-prescription glasses.

  • SD_Scott

    25″ from 8 ft away seems kind of small no?

  • Sorry I am distracted. Why does this guy look like a young Grace Jones?

  • Couple questions emerge from this pic.
    1. is this a man or a woman?
    2. is that dandruff or snow melting on his/her hair?

    • I will guess woman and dandruff.

  • No mic? Seems weird that you can’t answer calls with it.

  • Skip Stein

    Really nice for people who don’t wear prescription glasses and don’t mind wearing ‘sun glasses’ indoors? Makes little sense in this configuration. Seems they would have been better off making an optional ‘frame only’ and let folks get their own lenses made! Seems like this may rule out a good percentage of the market unless I’m missing something?

  • Everlasto

    There exists a rumor that glass also has wipers 😛

  • Joe LoPiccolo

    Not sure if this has been answered somewhere but can the lenes be done to a persons eye perscription

  • Bionic

    Works great………….. With…….. Wait……….. Wait…………… X phone!

  • Sparxx2k7


    • Granted

      Sure, do you want to do a wire transfer, or just give me your credit card number and security PIN?

  • trumpet444

    dude looks like he has sea salt in his hair

    • abrego47

      really???? i think it is rain

  • RW-1

    I believe the Dev price point and response allows them to kick start mass production, and once that is is gear, then I agree the consumer price would be close to $300, not unreasonable for what it is, though many may pass on it.

    “Charger: Included Micro USB cable and charger. While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.”

    Well, check the charger specs, as long as you have similar in voltage and amps, then your’s likely woud work just as well.

  • flyinggerbil

    just remember what they priced the pixel at….

  • zepfloyd

    “If you don’t have Glass, then downloading this will be a waste of time. Sorry about that. But if you swipe the screenshots to the right you’ll see there’s a picture of a puppy in pajamas. So not a total waste of time after all.”

    LOL. Google has a sense of humor at least.

    • “picture of a puppy in pajamas”? not a waste of time at all! actually headed there now just for this!

    • 4n1m4L

      And all the comments are filled with puppy praise

  • Rajiv

    It doesn’t support wireless n?

  • Do you know the price pls if know then post here , and will it come to the Asian countries . Google is just amazing keeping eye to make the world perfect.


  • VloggBuddy

    The guy in the picture has a dandruff problem.. 😀

    • Steve Benson

      I hope that it’s snowing where he’s at…

  • nah, Ill wait for the Google DROID Glass +HD 4G LTE Ultra S maxx

  • adam capes

    How Much RAM? CPU? GPU?

  • Royal2000H

    “Any Bluetooth-capable phone” .. That means iPhone too, folks.

    • flosserelli

      True, but I believe the MyGlass companion app is android-only (for now)

      • 4n1m4L

        I just hope that is all we need. I don’t want to root to tether

  • What about people with short sight (like myself) and long sight?
    Looks like I can’t use this since I already wear spectacles 🙁
    Wearing contact lens is not my thing 🙁

    • flosserelli

      The first gen product will not be compatible with prescription eyewear but plans for such are in the works. Btw, you should look into lasik surgery. It was the best money I’ve ever spent on myself, I wish I had done it sooner.

  • Mike Corbett

    This is… great!

  • John Burke

    Thanks for the puppy in pyjamas pic, Google…classic & awesome

  • Steven Cao

    Sweet. Can’t wait for all of the user experience videos

  • Austin Warren

    5mp? Wonder if HTC is manufacturing this.

    • No, they just have a lot of leftover Galaxy Nexus sensors…

      • 4n1m4L

        I kind of got the feeling that’s why the Q was a gnex without modems, but Samsung did the manufacturing anyways. I think the Q was to make sure they could manufacture a good product in America, since regulations won’t let them export glass..

  • If its price will $1500, then less people would buy it. And I do not think it would be launch in all country.

    • gokusimpson

      It’s not a retail version. It’s more of a beta version to see what people can do with glass. Retail price will probably be 500 or so I’d guess.

  • Thomas

    Is that MKBHD ?

    • Austin Warren


      • I don’t find it racist. But funny.

        • Austin Warren

          These people have no sense of humor.

          • Derin Richardson

            Actually that is sort of funny–both because that’s the first I’ve ever heard that reference to myself and also because I am not offended by the remark but rather perplexed. Guess I really do look younger than 24. Lol 🙂

      • Thomas

        How is that racist at all ? Dude in the pic looks like someone, so I’m racist ? You’re an idiot.

        • It’s racist because the person in the pic looks absolutely nothing like MKBHD.

          • trumpet444

            Definition of RACISM

            1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

            2: racial prejudice or discrimination

            How exactly does what Thomas said fit any of the two definitions of “racist”?
            You’re watering down the word, you freaking idiot.

        • Austin Warren

          Oh my , the sarcasm got right by you. It’s called a joke. Read one once in a while.

      • meijin3

        Let’s just stop calling each other racist and save that word for when someone really is being racist. Racism, actual racism, is a terrible thing and I really hate to see people branded as racists when they’re not. I think society will be a better place when we can get over all this sensitivity we have about our racial backgrounds.

      • trumpet444


        • I seriously hate that guy and downvote every comment I ever see him make.

          • Austin Warren

            Good for you. You win the comment of the day that nobody gives a fuc* about.

          • Annnnnnd another

    • huskerhog

      With the sunglasses, it’s hard to be able to differentiate.

    • Guest

      I don’t know what a MKBHD is. Does that mean I’m racist too??? 🙁

  • Mason Lammers

    Man I wish I was a trust fund baby so I could test these out!

    • Austin Warren

      Just make one and claim it on your taxes. I’ve thought of it plenty of times.

  • papspdpf


    • Royal2000H

      Non wifi connectivity will be through your phone.

  • Billy Banks approves!

  • provocal

    Well well well…compatible with Android 4.0.3 phones? If you’re on ICS, perhaps you’ll want to take a chunk of that money you’ve been saving up for Glass and buy a slightly more recent phone.

    • Most ICS phones aren’t that old lol.

      • More than 3 days old and it’s ancient.

        • True that, my S3 was already considered the old man of the galaxy family once the Note 2 came out.

  • cjohn4043

    Hopefully the specs will bring down the price a little. Would love to be able to afford one on a college budget…

    • Constantine Smith

      You could record your class/lecture and save them for later. Sleeping in class just got better.

      • cjohn4043

        That didn’t even occur to me. The possibilities…my gosh.

  • Josh

    I don’t know, the specs seem somewhat lackluster to me. Super cool idea though.

    • Keep in mind they are mostly a shell with actions being pushed (at least I believe) by your actual smartphone. It probably doesn’t need a mega processor or 2GB of RAM.

      • Josh

        Right, and I wasn’t expecting either of those, so I guess battery life would be my biggest concern, and you only get a feel for that through real-world testing anyway.

      • vitriolix

        I demand octacore in my glasses

      • CapnShiner

        Are you sure? If all the work was being done by a smartphone, why would it need onboard storage and wifi?

        • androidformetoo

          It might have the WIFI only to connect to your phone, where it would then use your 4G connection for WAN connectivity. The Looxcie HD camera works similarly by creating an Ad Hoc network to your phone and allows you to stream video via your phone’s network connection. Probably the reason that there isn’t an HSPA/4G LTE version of Glass where you would be able to just insert your SIM. The on-board storage would handle any video recorded directly to the device…and hopefully for storage of media files as well.

          • CapnShiner

            I thought about that but it has bluetooth for connecting to a phone. If you create an ad hoc wifi connection from Glass to the phone, the phone won’t be able to connect to the Internet over wifi at the same time. That would be very inconvenient for people with limited data plans or while in a place with poor coverage.

          • Bob

            Why would your phone be connecting to the internet via WiFi? Seems like you’d just eliminate the middleman and connect the glasses directly if you were in WiFi.

      • This is fully capable of operating without a cell phone. It has built-in WiFi and can perform most of its basic functions via that WiFi connectivity. Most of its functionality is cloud-based, so all computing and processing is handled in the cloud and Glass is just the I/O interface.

        Connecting these to a smartphone is only required for functionality such as SMS or the ability to stay “online” even when not near a traditional WiFi connection.

    • Dillon Brown

      Da fuq it’s almost phone on your face. In all seriousness, what were you expecting, an 8mp camera maybe? The storage seems generous enough seeing as of right now I can’t see what I’d be storing on it in large quantities.

      • It would be sick if a Google Glass of the future had access to the Play Store so you could stream movies and music from it.

        • Daistaar

          While those may pose safety concerns it is technically not a standalone device and is dependent on your android phone so I couldn’t see why it wouldn’t be possible. Wonder if the WiFi makes it standalone?

          • Dillon Brown

            I imagine that it would able to stream music and videos from your phone over bluetooth, similar to how bluetooth headphones work. I believe the wifi is intended for uploading pictures and videos to drive, but it might allow for pulling some timeline info as it stands alone as well.

          • Daistaar

            I feel like they expressly forbade Glass from playing back video. Gay, its too early to tell anything. Should be sweet though. Concept videos have had me sold for awhile now.

          • JoshGroff
          • Daistaar

            Hey Josh lol. That’s hilarious that you caught that lol. I had to edit it. It was actually the autocorrect not me lol. I didn’t even see it until your clip lol.

          • Maybe a quick youtube clip might be alright…But I cant see it being comfortable nor healthy to watch a full length video on glass.

          • It’s not completely dependent on a smartphone. Yes, the WiFi makes it standalone. Though, you won’t be able to see SMS messages that way. Unless, of course, you use Google Voice.

        • 4n1m4L

          OK glass, play Wreck It Ralph on my nexus Q.

    • your expectations…. are too damn high!!

    • CapnShiner

      I suspect that the specs are what they are because Glass has been in development for a long time and they used what was available at the time. I don’t understand why it doesn’t have 802.11n wifi but everything else seems to make sense. By the time this goes into mass production, it may have updated specs.

      • Royal2000H

        I was also taken aback by lack of 11n. Completely making stuff up here but perhaps it’s more battery intensive and/or the chip/antenna is physically larger.

        I think considering today’s technology, they should have gone for an 8MP or higher camera. It doesn’t take much redesigning to swap out the cam. But then again the glasses have room to change before the mass produced version.

        • Well, I don’t think this applies here but as mos tof us know megapixels does not mean higher quality, similar to what HTC is trying to prove. But, in this case I think it probably doesn’t have enough on board processing power to handle capturing huge shots with zero shutter lag, which also explains why it’s only 720p.

  • Nex__

    We need a price and we need it now!

    • $1500 haha. I’d imagine it will be a lot cheaper once they release them to consumers. The Explorer Edition is pretty much just a test run

    • Dillon Brown

      Mark my words, you heard it here first. The consumer price will be $299. No joke

      • Constantine Smith

        I would get one if that’s the price

        • Steve

          i would get it if is $499.

        • Ty Johnson

          Or you could just steal them like the guy in the pic may have donw.

          • Christopher Riner

            Ty, I hope you’re not black. If you are then you’re a first for me.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Let’s hope you’re right. I’ll for sure buy a pair at that price.

        • michael arazan

          Remember HD videos take up a lot of memory and data, Drive accounts are about to get bigger for some people.

          • EvanTheGamer

            I was paying $2.49 for 25 GBs. I might pay up to $4.99 for 100 GBs if I plan to take lots of pictures and videos using Google Glasses. We’ll see.

      • valapsp

        I wonder why everyone thinks the retail price is $1500.

        • Because that’s the Explorer price from I/O last year and the #ifihadglass contest. People just can’t believe that something so incredible would be cheap too.

          • valapsp

            And that is the part that no one actually pays attention to. That’s the explorer edition people.

      • Christopher Riner

        I was in rehab once with the main product quality control guy for Sony Ericson, and at the time he had like 9 phones with him, and only 3 of them were models already introduced to the public. Two of the phones he had were so new, they weren’t gonna be hitting the market for another like 6-9 months. He explained to me that its so expensive setting up the assembly line to build the phones, that by the time they have only churned out like ten of the things, they essentially have a few phones that cost them around $80,000. Once they churn out a few hundred thousand tho, the cost of each device goes down (any finance guys in here? Production drives costs down) to a lot closer to the prices we hear.

        The point of the story, is that I’m sure the situation was somewhat similar with Google glass, and so it really wouldn’t surprise me to see them at a cheaper price point then everyone expected. When we all heard they were gonna be $1500, that was before developers had signed the NDA agreement and everything, and they were still really new. I don’t think $1500 was ever actually the intended consumer price point.

        • Only the best stories start with “I was in rehab once”. 🙂

          • Christopher Riner

            Actually, the best stories start with “right before I went to rehab”

      • zepfloyd

        I’d believe that. I always expected the sweet spot for consumer launch to be somewhere around $250-$500


        I think that’s a little low….

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    • Al Georgina

      Google glasses wil revolutionize the tech industry like the segway revoluntionized transportation. Its a great time to be alive!!

  • Calvin Williams

    While people say this will take a lot of our privacy away, I’m excited for this because it will take a lot of the police privacy away. Want!

    • Derin Richardson

      It can always be banned, like it is already in some eastern state I believe.

      • Franz

        Wouldn’t be surprised. Tablets are banned in places like Yankee Stadium and other sports venues. Which I don’t understand… you’re phone is a device that runs an operating system, a tablet is the same thing except a bigger screen…

        • It’s because they don’t want you filming the event with a cookie sheet!

        • kevg73

          I think the only reason for that is to stop people from taking pictures with them blocking the view from behind lol

        • That ban is a douche-ban, not necessarily to ban the technology itself.

      • I believe they only considered making it illegal to wear while driving.

        • Derin Richardson

          That’s actually what I was referring to. If a cop pulled you over and saw you with them on, I’d bet if they made it illegal to drive with in the first place the evidence against them would be inadmissible. Just a thought.

      • Robert Goddard

        West Virginia banned it WHILE DRIVING

        • Derin Richardson

          Yes…that is what I was referring to. Shouldve been clearer on that. Didn’t mean it was banned altogether.

          Though the implications of s ban while driving (before it is even available) is quite curious. It’s pure speculation for the lawmakers in West Virginia to do such a thing. I just hope California doesn’t follow suit, since they have already banned using your phone to navigate via Google maps or any other navigational app.

      • The ban that has been placed is for driving with Glass, not a ban on Glass itself. Not sure why the state thought it would be a big enough distraction while driving to create a ban for it, while car makers are all moving towards a Heads-Up Display that is essentially the same thing as Glass.

        • It would be nice if automakers / Google can find a way to incorporate the glass into a HUD! Maybe have a way where you place the phone on the dash so it can get GPS (for speed, direction, navigation, etc) and then have a system where glass can poll audio information and stream whatever it has on the cloud / locally stored!

        • Derin Richardson

          I should’ve been clearer with that statement. I didn’t mean a ban of the device outright, just while in transit in a vehicle.

  • Calvin Williams

    While people say this will take a lot of our privacy away, I’m excited for this because it will take a lot of the police privacy away. Want!

    • anywherehome

      don’t worry, only Microsoft cries about Google privacy…..and bribing officials to ban everything from Google 🙂
      just a FUD, cry from Microsoft 🙂

  • JB

    I want one!

    • What about people with short sight (like myself) or long sight?

      • adam capes

        Apparently you can put your glasses under google glass..