Snapchat’s New Spectacles Can Do One Important Thing the Old Version Couldn’t

Snapchat's New Spectacles Can Do One Important Thing the Old Version Couldn't
Snap Inc.Snap’s new Snapchat Spectacles

Snap Inc. is determined to make its camera-equipped sunglasses a hit.

The company is launching an updated version of its Snapchat-connected Spectacles that offers several improvements over the original model, including the ability to take still photos and a new water-resistant design. The refreshed Spectacles will cost $149.99 — $20 more expensive than the old $129.99 version — and will be available to order through Snap’s website on April 26.

Snap’s new eyewear has the same general look and feel of its predecessor, but in a noticeably slimmer form factor. This is particularly evident when looking at the modules on the left and right sides of the glasses near its arms, where internal components like the battery and image processing sensor sit. This area is now smaller and sleeker, making it fit in more naturally with the rest of the body. The updated design also includes a new color pattern on the arms that’s no longer a solid color and instead fades to a clear finish. The signature yellow ring that wraps around the camera lens on the front of the Spectacles is also gone.

Snap will be offering the second generation Spectacles in three colors: onyx, ruby and sapphire; the old version came in black, teal, and coral.