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HUAWEI Launches New Wearables Including the HUAWEI WATCH GT 4, HUAWEI WATCH Ultimate Design, and More

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Huawei today held its landmark “Wearable Strategy and New Product Launch” event in Dubai, unveiling its next step in wearables with its “Fashion Forward” proposition, taking integration between technology and fashion to the next level. Huawei’s strategy reflects its vision to transform the wearables industry and provide users with the ultimate wrist companion for a modern lifestyle.

At the event, Huawei also unveiled a range of new devices, including HUAWEI WATCH GT 4 – the latest addition to the popular smartwatch series, the high-end HUAWEI WATCH Ultimate Design, HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 3 high-fidelity TWS earbuds, HUAWEI Eyewear 2 smart glasses, and the HUAWEI MatePad 11-inch PaperMatte Edition and MatePad 11.5-inch PaperMatte Edition that offer a paper-like reading and writing with 97% light interference reduction.

“With the HUAWEI WATCH GT 4 and the other products we launched today, we are transforming the wearable experience for our customers in the MEA region. Our new wearable devices combine cutting-edge technology, fashion-forward design, and user-centric health features that revolutionise the industry. It empowers users to personalise their health and sports journey, without compromising style. This is the result of Huawei’s decade-long investment and innovation in the wearables category,” said Pablo Ning, President of Huawei Consumer BG, Middle East and Africa.

During the launch event Medcare Hospitals and Medical Centres, a leading premium healthcare provider in the region, and Huawei announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that marks the beginning of an exciting partnership. With a focus on accessibility and data-driven personalized care, this partnership promises to usher in a new era of healthcare that transcends traditional boundaries, providing users with the ability to monitor vital health metrics, including heart rate, sleep patterns, physical activity, and even advanced metrics like blood sugar levels risk assessment.

Dr. Shanila Laiju, CEO of Medcare Hospitals and Medical Centres, expressed her enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “At Medcare, we believe in the power of technology to enhance healthcare. This partnership with Huawei aligns perfectly with our vision for patient-centric care. We are committed to fostering a healthier, more connected community through this collaboration.”

Huawei is redefining the design, health and sports experience with its new range of wearables that allow users to personalise their health and sports journey without compromising style. This marks the new beginnings for the brand’s wearables business, as it leverages its three major competitive advantages: breakthrough hardware detection technology, newly upgraded software algorithm platform, and more comprehensive digital health services.

Drawing from a decade of expertise in wearable technology, Huawei is setting new industry benchmarks. Huawei is expanding its presence in the high-end wearables market and forging global ecosystem partnerships to deliver personalised sports and healthy lifestyle experiences to consumers. Since entering the wearables sector 10 years ago, Huawei has been a trailblazer in sports and health monitoring, solving industry challenges in battery life, measurement precision, and comfort. With its new strategic direction for wearables, Huawei is making sports and fitness more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Huawei marks a new milestone with the launch of the stylish flagship smartwatches the HUAWEI WATCH GT 4 and HUAWEI WATCH Ultimate Design, the high-fidelity TWS earbuds HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 3, a series of other smart devices.

HUAWEI WATCH GT 4

The latest generation of the WATCH GT flagship series introduces elevated design features with powerful health and fitness functionalities. Coming in 46mm and 41mm sizes, the new flagship smartwatch takes a bold Fashion Forward step up from classic GT Series designs, introducing inventive design elements while retaining the aesthetic signature of its predecessors. The 46mm version features a unique octagon-shaped watch body, a tribute to the classic luxury watches but with a modern twist. The 41mm version boasts a pendant-like design that exudes grace and sophistication. The watch also offers a variety of colours and watchbands to choose from so that you can match your mood and outfit.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT 4 has an exceptional battery life of up to 14 days on the 46mm and up to 7 days on the 41mm. This extended battery life ensures that you can always rely on your watch without frequent recharging. It also debuts the all-new Stay Fit app and upgraded GNSS tracking, all made better with the new TruSeen 5.5+ that brings AI-powered accuracy to health measurement, inspiring you towards a better, fitter self. By utilising the smartwatch’s LED sensors, PPG measures changes in blood volume and alerts users of irregular heartbeats using Pulse Wave Arrhythmia Analysis. The watch also supports over 100 sports modes and workout types, including Padel, a popular racket sport that combines elements of tennis and squash.

HUAWEI WATCH GT 4 is available in the UAE on October 3 at a starting price of AED 899. With HUAWEI Care+ for WATCH GT 4, you can enjoy peace of mind and protection for your smartwatch at an affordable price. You can choose between one year or two years of coverage for only 149 AED or 199 AED respectively. Moreover, with the trade-in program, you can get an extra AED 100 cashback when you buy a new WATCH GT 4.

HUAWEI WATCH Ultimate Design

The HUAWEI WATCH Ultimate Design is Huawei’s first-ever gold smartwatch. The luxury smartwatch with a sailboat-inspired design comes with a gold bezel, and a gold crown is inlaid with six segments of 18K gold to form a rudder-shaped ring design. The six-segment gold bars are designed according to the golden ratio, combining the calmness of black and the brilliance of gold to achieve a harmonious and balanced design aesthetic. It adopts the diamond-cut engraving process, where a 3D trapezoidal pattern is carved onto the surface of the gold. The watch comes with a gold and black Three-Compartment Chain Strap.

HUAWEI WATCH Ultimate Design will be available for pre-orders in the UAE Starting October 3  at a price of AED 10999 from Huawei’s online platforms as well as certified retailers. HUAWEI WATCH Ultimate Design customers can enjoy 2 years of exclusive Platinum Service, which includes Huawei Care+ service, 2 refresh services, free on-site pick-up service, and free spare unit service. They can also access the exclusive service centre and VIP hotline services.

HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 3

The HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 3 are a new generation of flagship TWS earbuds that balances design aesthetics with class-leading audio technology. The new earbuds bring Pure Voice 2.0, Intelligent ANC 3.0 and Triple Adaptive EQ, as well as smart connectivity experience for seamless listening, delivering an ultimate all-rounding earbud for the modern, connected consumer. The HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 3 supports the L2HC 2.0 and LDAC codecs and is certified by both HWA and Hi-Res Audio Wireless.

HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 3 will be available in the UAE on October 20 at a price of AED 749 from Huawei Experience Stores and e-shop.

HUAWEI MatePad 11” and MatePad 11.5” PaperMatte Editions

The event also marked the launch of the brand-new HUAWEI MatePad 11-inch and MatePad 11.5-inch PaperMatte Editions, bringing consumers the HUAWEI PaperMatte Display that minimises reflection and glare. It uses nano-level anti-glare etching technology that eliminates 97% of all light interference, bringing a paper-like visual experience. So that you can read or watch videos with less eye strain. Colour eBook mode allows you to read your favourite comic books on the tablet screen like paper books.

Both the MatePad 11” PaperMatte Edition and MatePad 11.5” PaperMatte Edition pack a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which enables smoother viewing, more responsive touch control, and low-latency handwriting input. HUAWEI MatePad 11” and HUAWEI MatePad 11.5” PaperMatte Editions will be available in the UAE on October 25 at a starting price of AED 1399.

HUAWEI Eyewear 2

The HUAWEI Eyewear 2 comes in stylish designs and a comfortable fit that allows you to wear it all day long and packs class-leading audio technology. It also has a long-lasting battery life that can support up to 11 hours of listening time or 9 hours of calls. Moreover, the HUAWEI Eyewear 2 features an Open Acoustic Design that delivers high-quality audio that prevents sound leakage and enhances listening privacy. Thanks to built-in sensors, the smart glasses support a range of smart touch controls.

HUAWEI Eyewear 2 will be available in the UAE on November 3 at a price of AED 899 from Huawei’s online platforms as well as certified retailers.

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Sonos Ace Headphones Review: A Stylish Entry with Excellent Performance

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Sonos, the renowned home audio brand, took a bold step into the world of personal audio by introducing the Sonos Ace headphones. This premium, over-ear wireless headphones boast a sleek design, active noise cancellation (ANC), and the promise of signature Sonos sound.

Design and Comfort
Sonos doesn’t disappoint when it comes to aesthetics. The Ace headphones exude a minimalist elegance. Available in black and soft white, they feature a matte finish with metallic accents. The build quality feels substantial, with a mix of plush memory foam earcups and a sturdy, lightweight frame. These headphones are comfortable to wear for extended periods, thanks to the generous earcup padding and a well-distributed weight balance.

Controls and Functionality
Sonos opts for physical buttons over the now-commonplace touch controls. A multi-function “Content Key” on the right earcup handles playback, volume, and track skipping. A separate button cycles through ANC modes and voice assistant activation. The buttons offer a satisfying tactile response, a welcome change from the finicky nature of touch controls.

The Sonos app, though not as feature-rich as some competitors’ offerings, provides basic controls such as ANC adjustments and a five-band EQ, which allows for some sound customisation. One notable feature is multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect to two devices simultaneously. This is a convenient feature for users who switch frequently between phones and laptops.

Sound Quality
The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly. For audiophiles, the Sonos Ace offers an outstanding soundstage.

The ANC is excellent, effectively blocking out low-frequency noise such as aeroplane hum and traffic rumble. Call quality is also very good, with the built-in microphones doing an adequate job of picking up your voice during calls.

Battery Life and Connectivity
Sonos boasts a stellar battery life of 30+ hours with ANC turned on. This is a major plus for frequent travellers and long listening sessions. The headphones use Bluetooth 5.3, offering a reliable connection with minimal latency.

A unique feature of the Sonos Ace is its potential integration with the Sonos ecosystem. The app allows you to switch seamlessly between the headphones and your Sonos home speakers. This functionality is currently limited, but future updates could unlock features such as using the headphones as surround sound speakers for your Sonos home theatre setup.

Verdict
The Sonos Ace headphones are a solid first entry into the wireless headphone market. They boast excellent noise cancellation, a comfortable design, and long battery life. The sound quality is quite good, too. The potential for deeper integration with the Sonos ecosystem is intriguing, however, the hefty price tag might deter some budget-conscious consumers.

If you’re a Sonos loyalist looking for a pair of stylish headphones with excellent ANC and good sound quality, the Sonos Ace is a compelling option, especially if the promise of future ecosystem integration appeals to you. The Sonos Ace headphones are a promising debut with a clear focus on comfort, noise cancellation, and design. They offer a well-rounded listening experience with the potential for exciting future developments within the Sonos ecosystem.

Price: AED 2099

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4

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The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly.

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Sennheiser Launches MOMENTUM Sport Earbuds in the Middle East

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Sennheiser Consumer Hearing has launched its MOMENTUM Sport Earbuds in the Middle East. An innovative fusion of premium sound and fitness technologies, these are designed for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. These earbuds are set to revolutionize personal audio with their state-of-the-art heart rate and body temperature measurement capabilities, offering an unmatched combination of acoustic excellence and health tracking in one device.

Developed following extensive research and development, the MOMENTUM Sport Earbuds are equipped with advanced photoplethysmography (PPG) Heart Rate sensors and a Body Temperature measurement sensor, firmly positioning them as pivotal tools in any athlete’s workout arsenal. They can provide real-time performance tracking data that seamlessly integrates with popular fitness devices and apps, such as Apple Watch/Health, Garmin Watch/Connect, and Peloton. This marks the first time a non-Polar product offers full access to Polar’s elite biosensing capabilities and data analytics ecosystem, including expert-tier performance tracking and smart coaching through Polar Flow.

Heston Saldanha, General Manager, Sonova Consumer Hearing (Sennheiser ME), shared his enthusiasm, “The introduction of the MOMENTUM Sport Earbuds in the Middle East combines the power of music and fitness technology. These earbuds are crafted to serve as the heartbeat of your workout, offering precise health monitoring and exceptional sound quality to enhance your fitness experience. Our commitment to innovation and excellence is embodied in this product, setting a new standard for what athletes and sports enthusiasts can expect from their audio gear.”

Sennheiser’s acoustic expertise ensures that the MOMENTUM Sport Earbuds deliver superior sound quality, optimized for sports, with an all-new 10mm transducer that overcomes the occlusion effect through an acoustic relief channel. This feature minimizes internal noises such as footstep sounds and breathing, enhancing the listening experience during vigorous workouts. The semi-open design, complemented by Transparency mode, Anti-wind mode, and Adaptive Noise Cancelling mode, provides users with the flexibility to remain aware of their surroundings or immerse themselves in their music.

Operating over Bluetooth 5.2 with wide support for aptX Adaptive, AAC, and SBC codecs, the MOMENTUM Sport Earbuds ensure impeccable sound on any occasion, from intense gym sessions to casual home listening. The earbuds are designed to withstand the toughest workouts, thanks to their IP55 sweat & water resistance, shock-proof chassis, and clog-resistant ear tips, ensuring durability and reliability under any conditions.

Control of the MOMENTUM Sport Earbuds is intuitive and user-friendly, facilitated by capacitive touch and infrared sensors that allow for gesture-based control over audio playback and calls—even when wearing gloves. This ease of use is further enhanced by the Sennheiser Smart Control App, which provides an on-screen interface for managing settings and preferences.

To cater to individual fit and comfort needs, the MOMENTUM Sport Earbuds include a variety of interchangeable ear fins and ear tips, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit even during prolonged activities. The robust IP54-rated carrying case extends the earbuds’ 6-hour playback time to a total of 24 hours, with quick charging functionality offering 45 minutes of playback from just 10 minutes of charging. Set to transform the way users experience music and monitor their fitness, the MOMENTUM Sport Earbuds will be available in the UAE from the 19th June, 2024. Priced at AED 1259, they come in three stylish colourways: Polar Black, Burned Olive, and Metallic Graphite.

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Soundcore by Anker H30i Wireless Headphones Review: A Bass-Boosted Budget Buddy

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Soundcore by Anker’s new H30i Wireless Headphones is a new addition to the company’s already established range of audio products. The H30i sports a familiar on-ear design. Available in black and light ivory, the aesthetics are clean and minimalist. The build quality feels surprisingly sturdy for the price point of AED 130.

An adjustable headband with metal reinforcements ensures a comfortable fit for most head sizes. Soft, leatherette earcups provide decent passive noise isolation. At a feather-light 183 grams, the H30i disappears on your head during extended listening sessions. The earcups swivel flat for easy storage in the included pouch, making them a travel-friendly companion.

Sound Quality
The H30i prioritises bass. Bass lovers will find themselves grinning from ear to ear. Anker’s signature BassUp technology delivers powerful, punchy lows that thump satisfyingly on genres like hip-hop and EDM. However, this emphasis on bass can sometimes overwhelm the mids and highs. Instruments such as guitars and vocals can sound slightly muffled.

The saving grace is the Soundcore app. This app unlocks the H30i’s true potential. It offers a variety of EQ presets, including a custom option, allowing you to tailor the sound signature to your preference. The “Electronic” preset, for example, does a good job of boosting clarity in the highs without sacrificing too much bass. Overall, while the H30i might not be an audiophile’s dream come true, it delivers a fun and engaging listening experience, especially for bass enthusiasts.

Battery Life and Connectivity
The H30i shines in the battery department. Anker boasts a staggering 70 hours of playback on a single charge, which is phenomenal for wireless headphones at this price point. During testing, we achieved close to that figure, making these headphones ideal for long journeys or all-day listening sessions. Even heavy users will likely only need to charge them once a week.

The H30i utilises Bluetooth 5.3, offering a stable connection with minimal lag. Multipoint connection allows you to seamlessly switch between two devices, making it convenient for juggling work calls and personal music listening.

Call Quality and Features
Call quality on the H30i is pretty good, too. Your voice will be audible on the other end, but background noise might be a bit more prominent than with some pricier headphones. Integrated controls on the earcup allow for volume adjustment, playback control, and answering calls. These controls are fairly intuitive and easy to use.

The H30i also offers a gaming mode that prioritises low latency for a more synchronised audio experience. While the difference might be subtle, it’s a welcome addition for casual gamers. Unfortunately, the H30i lacks active noise cancellation (ANC), a feature commonly found in higher-end models. However, it isn’t a biggie considering the relatively low entry point.

Verdict
At its price point of AED 130, the Soundcore H30i offers exceptional value for money. The combination of phenomenal battery life, comfortable design, and powerful bass response makes it a compelling choice for budget-conscious listeners who prioritise powerful low-end. The ability to customise the sound signature through the app adds further value.

Price: AED 130

Soundcore by Anker H30i Wireless Headphones AED 130
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