Meet Huawei's latest accessories: the FreeLaces, FreeBuds Lite and SuperCharge 12000 power bank

The new Huawei FreeLaces are debuted on stage in Paris. (Source: Huawei)
The new Huawei FreeLaces are debuted on stage in Paris. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei also introduced some new products to complement its latest flagships, the P30 and P30 Pro. They include the FreeLaces, a pair of 'neckbuds' with an innovative design. The OEM also now offers a power bank with its SuperCharge technology, which can charge at 40 watts: enough for laptops as well as smartphones.

Huawei launched its P30 and P30 Pro today (March 26, 2019). This event mainly served to confirm nearly every rumor about the two phones. On the other hand, some viewers may have made the disquieting observation that the company's CEO did not go over the ports to be found on the two new phones in detail. An earlier leak had alleged that they would retain the headphone jack for another year; however, there was no clear shot of this feature in the P30 Pro to be found in the content of the Paris event.

Coincidentally, a portion of the show was devoted to the unveiling of new or refreshed wireless smartphone companions. The most innovative of these are the Huawei FreeLaces. They look much like the typical 'neckbud'-style wireless earphones; however, one end of them can be detached to reveal an in-built USB type C connector, so as to charge a pair's battery. Therefore, they can be charged off anything with a USB-type C port - smartphones included.

Huawei claims that the FreeLaces can deliver up to 4 hours' worth of playback following just 5 minutes of plug-in time. They are available in Forest Green, black, white and Amber Sunrise (so as to match the P30 or P30 Pro of the same shade, presumably).

Huawei also unveiled the FreeBuds Lite, a refreshed, IPX4-rated version of the original FreeBuds. They are, frankly, AirPod clones that may offer 12 hours of audio per charge in their wireless case. The SuperCharge 12000 power bank may be the most interesting accessory from Huawei announced at this latest release, however. It can both power devices and charge itself at 40 watts (W), and works on the same cells found in the batteries of the P20 Pro. The OEM also claims that it is the first power bank to secure a safety rating from TUV Rheinland.

The SuperCharge 12000 can charge a P30 Pro at its maximum wattage, and also power a compatible, USB type C laptop (e.g. a MacBook) at up to the same. It can also charge a Nintendo Switch (at 39W) and even a new iPhone (at 18W). Huawei took this opportunity during its presentation to poke fun at Apple for not including a power brick that can do the same in its own product's boxes.

The SuperCharge power bank and FreeLaces will be sold at a price of €99 (about US$112), whereas the FreeBuds Lite are a little more expensive at €119 (~$134). These accessories are available alongside the P30-line phones, which can be purchased from today (March 26, 2019).


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-03-26 (Update: 2019-03-26)
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