I reviewed the Bose Frames a bit over two years ago. At launch, Bose promised big things, with the initial branding being Bose AR which was supposed to feature augmented reality.
They were quite good, they were not bone-conducting like you might imagine, such as Aftershokz but they managed to sound good without creating too much sound leakage.
They looked OK, but the arms were very chunky due to the electronics hidden inside. Huawei then got into the action with the HUAWEI X Gentle Monster Eyewear. After an impressive announcement, the eyewear took ages to launch, and it seems like Huawei never bothered to market them in the west.
Anker Soundcore has now thrown their hat in the ring, doing what Anker do best. Launching quality products at a lower price than the big brand names.
- Frequency response: 20~20kHz
- Drivers (speakers): 4 (2 per side)
- Size of Drivers / Material: 25mm x 8mm (main); 8mm diameter (rear) / PET
- Battery Type / Capacity: Lithium Polymer / 110mA (x2)
- Playtime / Talk Time / (Normal mode): 5.5 hours @ 60% Volume / 5 Hours
- Fast Charging Time: 10 mins = 1.5 hours
- Charging Cable: Magnetic charging cable with USB
- Bluetooth Version: 5.2
- IP / IPX Rating: IPX4
- Control Type: Touch / Swipe / Voice
- Compatible with voice assistants
- Audio Codecs: SBC, AAC
- On-Ear Wearing Detection
- 10 frame options including prescription, polarized and blue-light filtering lenses
The stand out difference between the Soundcore frames is that consumers can choose from one of ten different frame styles to come with their new Soundcore Frames. They can also purchase additional frames in an assortment of sizes, shapes and styles including tinted sunglasses, prescription, and blue-light filtering options. And with Soundcore’s Pull and Plug quick release system, consumers can easily swap out different styles
Soundcore Frames feature the company’s patented OpenSurround system™, designed with two customized drivers in each arm, custom DSP and a listening port for a more immersive experience. The main speaker is in front of the user’s ear, with another located behind the ear to help amplify the stereo sound. Soundcore Frames also feature on-ear wearing detection and will automatically pause audio when the glasses are removed
Touch and Voice Controls
Controlling the Soundcore Frames is easy with both touch and voice controls. Consumers can customize a number of touch and swipe motions to play and pause music, answer phone calls, raise and lower the volume and advance or reverse tracks. Multiple trigger words can also perform these actions using AI voice technology.
Soundcore Frames offer up to 5.5 hours of playback on a single charge as well as the ability to fast charge an additional 1.5 hours of playback with a 10-minute charge
Availability and Pricing
Soundcore Frames are expected to become available on Soundcore.com, Amazon.com and in retail partners including Best Buy in early/mid-November for $199.99 in the US, £149.99 in the UK, €179.99 EUR in Germany and Europe and $249 CAD in Canada. Additional frame models will be available for purchase via Soundcore.com in the coming weeks at a price of $49.99 in the US, £49.99 in the UK, €49.99 EUR in Germany and Europe and $59.99 CAD in Canada.