Google Glass could be significantly less expensive for its commercial launch


Google Glass certainly lives out on the fringes of our smartphone and tablet-focused world here at Pocketnow, but as it is a mobile device running Android, it’s close enough to our ballpark to catch our attention. So far, Google’s public beta test of the headwear has been seriously expensive for those users involved, costing them $1500 each for early access to Glass. While the expectation has been that the final retail hardware would be more affordable, it still sounded like we were talking about a price of $1000 or more. Today, we check out some claims that Glass could sell for just a fraction of that, going for a mere $300.

This analyst-derived figure is based on a cost breakdown of the components going into Glass. Despite the futuristic look, many of the parts building up Glass are still pretty affordable, and even the heads-up display that’s key to Glass’s operation only costs around $35. Adding it all up, and even leaving room for profit, and there doesn’t seem to be any obstacle in keeping Google from introducing the Glass at a price more in line with Nexus phones than a tricked-out laptop.

Of course, none of this is official, and even if the analysis is on the nose, Google can really still charge whatever it pleases. That said, if Glass is more in the $300 or even $400 range, might some of you who balked at it earlier be giving Glass a second thought?

Source: The China Post
Via: phoneArena

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Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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