Google Glass to ship with 5-megapixel camera and 16GB of flash storage

Just as the initial run of Google Glass units are on the cusp of being delivered to so-called Explorers, Google has revealed the device's technical specs.

In a post published on Monday, the tech giant said the device features a 640 x 360 display whose resolution is "equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away". It also includes a 5-megapixel camera that can shoot video at 720p and audio that is transmitted through a bone conduction transducer.

On the storage front, Glass will ship with 16GB of flash storage, 12GB of which is available to the user and can sync with "Google cloud storage" - unless the search giant is preparing to unleash a new cloud storage service, this likely refers to Google Drive compatibility.

Glass is chargeable through a microUSB cable and charger. However, though "there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind," Google specified. "Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use," it added. The device averages a full day of battery life, assuming "typical use". Predictably, though, certain activities will be more power-hungry than others.

In terms of compatibility, Glass will work with any Bluetooth-compatible phone. As for its MyGlass companion app, the software requires Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. Glass comes with adjustable nosepads in two sizes and can fit "any face" Google said.

The company also published details about the Mirror API, which is what developers will use in order to program apps for Google Glass.