The Soundcore Frames brings modularity to the world of audio glasses
Soundcore by Anker may be best known for its headphones or for its TWS earbuds of the Liberty series. However, it has also now broken into that category of 'smart' glasses that really just mostly do audio. In the case of the brand's new Frames, this comes in the form of an "OpenSurround System" of quad speakers in strategic locations in the earpieces of the first-gen spectacles.
This, according to Soundcore, makes for optimal immersion while maintaining the effect of a good Ambient Mode. There are also dual mics rated for voice clarity during calls, and for the Frames' own inbuilt voice assistant that allow control over audio playback without having to touch the glasses.
Soundcore also estimates that its IPx4-rated Frames might stay on for up to 5.5 hours per charge, which is presumably done in their case; the brand chose to focus on other novel features in the course of launching them. This, of course, revolved around the ability to take the pair and remove the main body of the glasses, lenses included, from the active earpieces and re-assemble them with a different "front frame".
This confers a choice of 10 styles on the Frames, with additional lens options (blue-light blocking, prescription and so on). The user can order their best fit from the brand's website, although this adds US$49 per new front frame to the base cost of $200 for each pair of Soundcore glasses. They will be ordered from the same site, as well as other platforms such as Amazon, from mid-November 2021.