Huawei announces 40W power bank, wireless earbuds, new Watch GT variants, and new smart glasses at P30 launch
Huawei P30 Pro and Huawei P30 were undoubtedly the stars of Huawei’s event in Paris yesterday. The promising cameras on both the devices attracted most of the attention at the launch event but Huawei didn’t stop there. The company also showcased a large catalog of accessories alongside the P30 series such as a couple of wireless headsets – including a competitor for the Apple AirPods, two new versions of the Huawei Watch GT, and a 40W power bank to charge not just your smartphone but also a laptop. Huawei also amazed us with a pair of smart wayfarers made in partnership with eyewear company Gentle Monster and showcased at the event. While the smart glasses will come later this year, here are more detail about the other accessories from yesterday’s launch that will be available sooner.
Huawei FreeLace and Huawei FreeBuds Lite
Huawei would like us to believe that it has done everything Apple has and done it better and in a larger capacity. With its latest AirPod clones, Huawei has outnumbered Apple in terms of truly wireless earbuds. After FreeBuds and FreeBuds 2 Pro, we now have the third pair from the company – the Huawei FreeBuds Lite. The FreeBuds Lite look exactly like the FreeBuds from the last year in terms of appearance with its in-ear design and are priced at €119 (~$135). With the charging case, you’ll get a total battery life of 12 hours but without it, the FreeBuds might only last a little longer than 3 hours per charge. These wireless earphones are IPX4-rated for water and dust resistance.
The other Bluetooth headset – Huawei FreeLace – comes with a neckband design and has magnets in the earbuds for automatic pause or play functionality. The FreeLace earbuds can be separated into two portions. The end featuring the in-line control buttons also has a USB-C port while the other has a male USB-C connector which plugs into any USB-C port, including a smartphone’s, to fast charge the headset.
Huawei FreeLace earbuds have a claimed battery life of 18 hours and 12 hours of talk time on full charge but you can get 4 hours of playback time by charging the headset for just 5 minutes. The earbuds also come with an IPX5 rating which means they can be worn in rain or while playing with a water gun but not while swimming. The Huawei FreeLace earbuds come in Amber Sunrise, Graphite Black, Moonlight Silver, and Emerald Green and will be available for €99 (~$110) starting April 11.
Huawei Watch GT Active and Watch GT Elegant
Huawei also announced two new variants of its Watch GT – Watch GT Active and Watch GT Elegant. The Huawei Watch GT Active comes with a sportier persona and a design much similar to the original Watch GT. It has the same 46mm dial but with a new titanium finish and new band colors. The circular AMOLED display on the smartwatch sports a resolution of 454×454 pixels. As per Huawei, the battery on the Watch GT Active will last for two weeks with 90 minutes of daily sports activity tracking.
The shorter one of the two – Huawei Watch GT Elegant – comes with a ceramic finish in either black or white colors and uses a 42mm dial. The display on this watch has a resolution of 390×390 pixels. It features a smaller battery which will last one week i.e. half compared to the Active variant.
Both the smartwatches come with a Triathlon mode for accurately tracking running, outdoor cycling, swimming including the intervals. Meanwhile, the two smartwatches are equally equipped with similar support for activity tracking. In terms of their prices, the Huawei Watch GT Active will be available for €249 (~$280) while the Watch GT Elegant will be priced at €229 (~$260).
Huawei 40W SuperCharge power bank
Besides the two smartwatches and the earphones, Huawei announced a portable power bank with a maximum output of 40W. It features a USB-A port and a USB-C port and both of the ports support charging at 40W. Notably, while the USB-A only supports the 40W output for other Huawei devices with SuperPower compliance, the USB-C port can charge any device that uses USB-PD (USB Power Delivery) protocol for charging.
The power bank itself charges at 40W and can be tanked up fully in less than 2.5 hours. It is not exactly clear whether it also draws the same power from third part charging bricks like the MacBook’s or depends on a 40W Huawei SuperCharge adapter for faster charging. The power bank will be available in blue and white colors and is priced at €99 (~$110).
Gentle Monster Smart Glasses
At the Huawei P30 launch, Huawei went overboard and also announced its smart glasses made in partnership with Korean luxury eyewear brand Gentle Monster. The primary utility of these glasses is to take calls using the stereo speakers and dual microphones placed in the temples of the smart glasses. The mics and speakers will also allow wearers to talk to the smart assistant. Unlike the Snapchat Spectacles, however, Huawei has avoided putting any cameras on these glasses in order to avoid any controversy about privacy.
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Besides the speakers and the mics, the temples also hold the battery, the antenna, and the chipset. Meanwhile, owners will be able to take and end calls by tapping on the side of the frame. The smart glasses will come with IP67 rating for water and dust resistance and can be charged wirelessly when placed in their leather carrying case. Huawei said that there won’t just be a single model, but an entire series of frames with smart features. Pricing will be unveiled at the time of the launch i.e. in July 2019.
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