It seems Microsoft’s chosen niche as enterprise AR supplier has been invaded by Lenovo, who has announced a new AR headset which appears to be a direct competitor.
Lenovo’s new ThinkReality A6 augmented reality headset is a lightweight, heads-up, hands free mobile head-worn device that can be used to deploy both simple and complex AR solutions for enterprises looking to enhance the productivity of their workforce.
With a weight of 380g (0.83lbs) and a 40-degree diagonal field of view with 1080p resolution per eye, the A6 is one of the lightest fully featured AR headsets in its class.
It is powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile XR Platform running Android, housed in a belt or armband-worn compute box with optics by Lumus® inside an Intel® Movidius™ Vision Processing Unit (VPU).
It supports head and gaze tracking, voice commands, gesture controls, and unlike the HoloLens 2, a three-degrees-of-freedom hand controller. True to its enterprise roots, it also features a barcode reader and front-facing, fisheye cameras for pass-through video.
The specs put it above HoloLens 1 but below HoloLens 2.
It has a massive 6,800mAh battery for up to four hours of continuous use at a time.
Lenovo feels the headset could be used in training and support, but also by architects and other white collar workers.
Lenovo sees ThinkReality as an open platform, and say they would let any number of AR solutions run on the headset.
ThinkReality is launching as a Developer Program with global enterprise accounts. The ThinkReality A6 will have a limited release in 3rd quarter of 2019.
See the full spec sheet here.