Snapchat Spectacles is the new wearable tech product from Snapchat, which you can now purchase online as well as from vending machines but only in the US. So how do you get Snapchat Spectacles in the UK? All will be explained. In this article we explain what are Snapchat Spectacles and how to buy Snapchat Spectacles in the UK.
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What are Snapchat Spectacles?
Snapchat Spectacles are one-size-fits-all sunglasses with built-in always-on cameras. They are available in Coral, Teal or Black.
Snapchat says they operate like any other sunglasses, and the lenses are not polarised. Also note that Spectacles are not waterproof, so don’t take them swimming!
By pressing a button on the front of the glasses you can record a 10-second stream of what you see with a 115-degree field of view; a second press will capture a 30-second stream. A ring of LEDs around the camera will let those around you know you are recording.
The resulting circular video streams are transferred wirelessly to Memories on Snapchat - using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on an iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8+, and Wi-Fi on an Android 4.3+ device with BLE and Wi-Fi Direct.
Note that you do not need to have your phone handy to use Spectacles - they will sync next time you open Memories in the Snapchat app.
The Spectacles have a built-in battery that is recharged when they are stored in their case, with the LED ring again lighting up to indicate charging is in progress. A fully charged case should recharge Snapchat Spectacles four times. Once charged the Snapchat Spectacles should last for around 100 10-second videos.
Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s CEO, says they are intended as a toy and a bit of fun, but may help stop the social network’s users holding their phones “like a wall in front of their faces”.
Snapchat Spectacles price: How much are Snapchat Spectacles?
Snapchat’s Spectacles are currently on sale only in the US at $129.99 plus local tax, which equates to around £103.
They come with a one-year limited warranty, and a 30-day money back guarantee.
How to buy Snapchat Spectacles - How to buy Snapchat Spectacles in the UK
Snapchat Spectacles were not previously sold online or instore, rather through via pop-up vending machines that allow you to virtually try the sunglasses before paying for a pair with a debit- or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover).
However, as of February 2017, Snapchat began selling Snapchat Spectacles online in the US. Click here to buy Spectacles online.
Because the online sales are only in the US, you have three options for getting a pair in the UK. The first is perhaps the most obvious: if you have friends or family either residing in or visiting America you can ask them to send you a pair.
The next option is to look to an auction site such as eBay, where multiple US sellers list the Snapchat Spectacles and offer to deliver them to the UK. You will pay significantly more than the US price given the demand and the shipping costs.
A third option, which may work out cheaper, is to use a service such as BigAppleBuddy which will buy and send to you a pair of Snapchat Spectacles with a flat fee of $50 on top of the purchase price. Simply visit the site and click the link to get a quote.
If you are in the US and using one of the Snapchat Spectacles vending machines, operating the bot is as simple as pressing one of three large circular buttons to indicate your colour choice, and you can then virtually try them on onscreen. Insert a debit or credit card to purchase, then wait around 10 seconds for the transaction to complete. When the bot’s mouth lights up you can collect your Spectacles and your receipt.
The location of these pop-up vending machines is announced on the Snapchat Spectacles website 24 hours before it arrives.
Snapchat says a Spectacles Geofilter will also be available within the Snapchat app if one is nearby (you will need to ensure Location Services are enabled in order to see this).
Snapchat Spectacles UK release date: When are Snapchat Spectacles coming to the UK?
Snapchat has not yet confirmed if or when its Spectacles will come to the UK, but we do know from its recent IPO filing that it will widen distribution in 2017.
Parent company Snap says that it is planning to "significantly broaden the distribution of Spectacles."
In the meantime, see above for details on how you can buy Snapchat Spectacles in the UK.