Google Glass Price Rumors: Could Glass Retail For As Low As $300 Compared To $1500 Explorer Version? [REPORT]
Google Display Unit Cost Will Be $35 From Himax Display, Reducing Overall Cost
Google Glass price rumors indicate that the Google Glass could retail for as low as $300 compared to the $1500 Explorer version that is out now. A Google Glass price point placed that low, cheaper than most no-contract smartphones on the market could make Google's vision of everyone having the Google Glass a real possibility. When we take into account that fact that the Google Glass isn't a full replacement for the smartphone, but more of an accessory, the $300 Google Glass price could be reasonable. The specs of the Google Glass are an OS very similar to Android according to Android Police, a 5-MP camera, 720p video, 12GB of memory and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Google Glass price rumor comes from the China Post according to analysis by the Topology Research Center. Jason Tsai, a researcher, reported that he expected the consumer version of the Google Glass to retail at $299 during a seminar on wearable devices. He explained that the components of the Google Glass were fairly inexpensive, "The device's display component, which will probably be supplied by Taiwan-based Himax Display Inc., will cost between US$30 and US$35 and will account for the biggest share of the total cost in the near term." He went on to say, "We believe wearable devices will face the first wave of growth in the coming one to three years due to their innovative features, and will then experience a rapid growth in the next phase when the market becomes more mature."
The Google Glass price may come down even further if it is true that there will be major growth in the wearable device market. "According to Topology's projections, the global output value of wearable devices will grow from US$1.2 billion in 2011 to US$18.3 billion in 2018. Research firm IHS Inc. forecast that shipments of smart glasses might increase by 150 percent to 124,000 units this year, driven mostly by sales to developers. The global market for smart glasses could amount to almost 10 million units from 2012 to 2016." Taking this information into account, when the Google Glass is finally available for retail we could potentially see price between $150 to $199, if there are other wearable devices on the market. That would expand the Google Glass to an even wider range of consumers.
The current Google Glass price for the early adopter Explorer Program is a punishing $1,500. Phandroid has had the Google Glass for some time and explains that a price of above $300 could never be justified and advised potential consumers to pass on the Google Glass if the price didn't come down. Of course it was unlikely the Google Glass would be priced at $1,000 or above when it actually appeared at the Google Play Store, but there were fears that the Google Glass would prove far too expensive to be anything more than a gimmick for the wealthy. Now Google has a 6.3% stake in Himax Display, which manufactures the LCOS chips in the Google Glass's display unit. Overall this should bring the price down, along with potential competitors.
The general opinion we are seeing is, if the Google Glass price rumor is true, then many people say they would buy the $300 Google Glass in "a heartbeat".
If the Google Glass price rumor is true and the price comes down to $300, would you buy the Google Glass?
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