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Distributor clarifies Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses not in the Philippines yet

Gelo Gonzales

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Distributor clarifies Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses not in the Philippines yet

RAY-BAN. The glasses feature a 12MP camera on the left hinge.


(1st UPDATE) The Philippine distributor initially announces a price, but issues a correction that the product is only currently here for exhibition purposes

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Branded Lifestyle Inc. (HOBLI) clarified that the Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses are not available in the Philippines yet, correcting an initial announcement that included the price.

The initial price announcement of P29,990, and the opening of pre-orders were communicated in error to Rappler. The firm reached out to Rappler after publication of the story to make the correction.

With the correction, the Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses officially does not have a price in the Philippines yet, as well as details on date of availability. The firm said that the glasses are only currently in the Philippines for exhibition purposes.

The glasses are available in the US for $299. Had the P29,990 price tag been true, the Philippine price would have been slightly less than double the US price, with current conversion rates.

A statement from Jessa Sanchez, the brand marketing manager of HOBLI, says “the price will be reassessed and validated globally before the exciting launch in the Philippines.”

The glasses, available in Ray-Ban’s classic wayfarer design, have an ultrawide 12MP camera found on the left hinge of the frames and an LED capture indicator that blinks when you’re taking a video – a way to prevent video capture in secret. The camera is an improvement from the first generation’s 5MP shooter, released in September 2021.

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The second generation device, which officially saw the device’s name change from Ray-Ban Meta Stories to Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses, was announced in September 2023. It also features improved speakers, microphones, and image stabilization for video.

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RAY-BAN META SMART GLASSES. The included charging case, pictured at the back, holds 32 hours of battery life. Charging time is 75 minutes to get to full charge inside the case. Photo by Rappler

The SM Store is also holding an event called the Sunglass Festival at SM Makati, where people can try out the Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses’ features until March 31, 2024. –

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Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.