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Huawei Eyes Fashion-Conscious Consumers With Smart Sunglasses Release

By Zhao Runhua / Aug 21, 2019 05:18 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: IC Photo

Photo: IC Photo

Huawei has teamed up with one of South Korea’s trendiest eyewear companies to launch a series of smart glasses in the Chinese telecom giant’s latest attempt to put its competitors in the shade.

The collaboration with fashion brand Gentle Monster, which is increasingly popular in China, includes two styles of sunglasses and three styles of optical glasses, all of which allow wearers to answer phone calls by tapping the part of the frame that covers the temple, according to Gentle Monster’s website. The devices, which are charged wirelessly using a special glasses case, also play music and automatically pause tracks when they are taken off.

The products will retail at Gentle Monster outlets from September, although the company is now taking preorders. The glasses are priced from 1,999 yuan ($283).

A staff member at Gentle Monster’s Beijing flagship store told Caixin that non-Huawei smartphone users can also enjoy at least some of the glasses’ functions. For example, Apple users can answer phone calls and play music on the devices, the staff member said.

Contact reporter Zhao Runhua (runhuazhao@caixin.com)

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