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How much will Google Glass cost?

First announced in spring 2012, Google Glass is now in use by a limited number of Google employees, developers and a few thousand from the Google Glass Explorer programme.

Right now, the price of Google Glass is $1,500, and that doesn’t include tax or the frames for prescription lenses and sunglasses you might need to go with it. But don’t despair just yet. What if that price could be lowered to as little as $200 when the consumer version of Glass goes on sale by the end of 2014?

Below, CBR tells you how that could happen as well as some of the latest specs.

1. Production cost

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In June 2013, a report detailing the complete teardown of Google Glass components was published by Catwig.

It found a non-replaceable Lithium Polymer 570maH battery, a custom Synaptics touchpad controller, a TI OMAP4430 chip and an RS cable among other components.

"The build quality is what you’d expect from a device that costs as much as a high-end laptop. Everything fits together precisely, and has a solid feel and great surface finish," it stated.

Another report from IHS iSuppli on the Galaxy S4 shows how the production costs add up to a cheap modern smartphone.

Kevin Keller, a senior principal analyst for the researching firm, told online financial newsite Minyaville that he expected the bill of the materials for Google Glass to be "well under $200".

Forbes also guessed the manufacturing cost of the device would not exceed $150.

"And even if you account for the much smaller volumes of Glass vs. a typical smartphone, $200 seems an incredibly safe bet," said contributor Mark Rogowsky in the article.

The China Post and Phone Arena also reported the gadget could cost $299.

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