Lenovo’s latest display looks like Ray-Bans. Lenovo Glasses T1 is a wearable display in a glasses-shaped frame that lets you work or play anywhere. It provides a private personal big screen in a comfortable, discreet, and stylish package.
Lenovo Glasses T1 is the company’s latest glasses-inspired product, following augmented-reality ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses from 2018 and the chunkier ThinkReality A6 head-mounted display from 2019.
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Lenovo T1 Eyeglasses
Micro-OLED (58 pixels per degree)
Android, MacOS, iOS, PC
Prescription frame included
Add-on nose bridges
Lenovo’s Glasses T1 look like regular glasses. Aside from the USB-C cable, I couldn’t tell the T1 from thicker, lower-end pharmacy sunglasses.
Lenovo says the design is compact and portable. I can wear them comfortably. Even with a N95 mask on, the glasses’ rubberized grips kept them on my ears and face. Even with the cable sticking out, the T1 folds up nicely for storage. I wish Lenovo’s cable was removable.
This detachable cable may not be durable or long-lasting. Built-in cable prevents glasses from breaking due to USB-C port.
Lenovo considered other aspects of the T1 glasses’ design. These aren’t glasses with a bottom display. Lenovo includes three additional nose bridge attachments for comfort.
Lenovo includes a prescription eyeglass insert if you’re nearsighted like me. Eyeglass makers can put your prescription lens in the insert and snap it into the T1’s display.
This improves wearability, as putting them over glasses is awkward. I tried!
Augmented reality headsets like the Lenovo Explorer and Microsoft’s HoloLens have many sensors and advanced display technology. Even Lenovo’s ThinkReality A3 had many cameras for hand tracking.
The T1 lacks sophisticated sensors for head-up AR. It’s basic to keep the price low and attract everyday users.
Onboard only gyroscopes. In addition to the glasses’ speakers. No external or internal cameras, but buttons under the frame control brightness, volume, and image orientation so it follows you.
Lenovo didn’t skip display tech, though. I was pleased with the eyeglass display’s brightness and accuracy when I wore them. Head-up AR allowed me to see my surroundings and move safely.
Lenovo’s lenses both have Micro-OLED displays. Each screen has 58 ppi. 1000:1 contrast.
T1 Glasses phone connection
I first demoed the Lenovo T1 with a Motorola Edge Plus. Lenovo said the glasses work with any Android, Windows, or iOS device, not just Motorolas.
I couldn’t record or screenshot this, though. This is still the best way to experience the T1.
Lenovo Glasses T1 plugged into Motorola Edge Plus displays a custom user interface. TV, video chat, games, mirror display, and mobile desktop were options. My Android phone had a trackpad on the screen for controlling and accessing these options.
The video chat option mirrored the phone screen in Google Meet. Netflix is pre-installed on my TV. Mirror Display reflected my Android phone onto my glasses so I could play without looking down.
All of these features are Android-dependent. This isn’t in the glasses.
Desktop mode is coolest. I was able to see a PC-like desktop. Clock, app tray, volume, battery, and trackpad buttons. I opened Android Chrome and browsed the web, then watched a Digital Trends YouTube video full screen. You can use your Android phone as a computer by using desktop mode.
Immersive, like having a computer on my glasses. The Android phone’s video followed my head movements.
Micro OLED brightened and animated the video. I could see the sun glare in the background of a Samsung Odyssey Ark video. Having the speakers near my ears helped with audio quality. It’s cool.
Lenovo told me that this early software would not appear on other Android phones. When the glasses are connected to Samsung phones, Samsung Dex opens.
Google’s Pixel phones don’t support video over USB-C, so Glasses T1 won’t work. On iOS, a Lightning-to-USB-C adapter works fine.
Lenovo Glasses T1 works with Android phones and Windows PCs. Windows recognises the T1 as an external display when plugged into a USB-C port. My Lenovo ThinkBook used it.
It’s still unique. Wearing T1 glasses feels as natural as looking around my multi-monitor setup. I dragged a Microsoft Edge window over my T1 glasses.
I also had a PC window open. The window on my glasses followed me as I took photos. It’s cool to see the window float above the world. It’s like HoloLens because you can see through the images.
First impressions of Lenovo Glasses T1 were positive. I could see it being used to consume media on Windows and iOS and as a secondary monitor.
No one can see what’s in your glasses, so it’s private. Even in the office, you can work on important documents without anyone knowing. The glasses are a lightweight extra monitor. Start working with your laptop and T1 plugged in.
Lenovo Glasses T1 will launch in late 2022 in China. Other countries won’t get it until 2023.
Lenovo says it’s aiming for under $500 for the product’s price. Lenovo is targeting a mainstream audience with the $1,350 ThinkReality A3.