The new Huawei Eyewear smart glasses revealed on T
The new Huawei Eyewear smart glasses revealed on Tuesday in Paris, France. (James de Villiers, Business Insider South Africa)
  • South Africa will be one of the first countries to receive Huawei's new smart glasses.
  • The glasses are set to arrive in the country in July.
  • They will allow you to make calls and listen to music, and will also give you access to a "virtual assistant".

South Africa is set to be one of the first countries to receive Huawei’s new smart glasses.

The Huawei Eyewear glasses, designed in partnership with luxury Korean sunglasses designer Gentle Monster, was announced at Huawei’s P30 smartphone launch in Paris on Tuesday. 

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The glasses will allow wearers to make calls, listen to music and use a "virtual assistant".

South Africa is a priority market for Huawei, says Likun Zhao, vice president of the Huawei consumer business in Southern Africa. After Samsung, Huawei is the top-selling cellphone brand in South Africa. 

Zhao told Business Insider South Africa that the glasses could be launched in South Africa as soon as July. 

“South Africa will be the first wave for the new technologies.”

(James de Villiers, Business Insider South Africa)
(James de Villiers, Business Insider South Africa)

During a presentation on the glasses, Gentle Monster’s CEO Hankook Kim said other manufacturers were too focused on the smart technology of smart glasses.

“They designed glasses that no one would wear,” Kim said as pictures of Google Glasses and Snap’s Spectacles were displayed on the screen.

“We believe smart glasses should look good too.”

The antenna, charging module, dual microphone, chipset, speaker and battery of the glasses are all contained in the frame.

Unlike Google Glass, the Huawei smart glasses do not have cameras.

The glasses are charged in a case (much like Apple's AirPods), which avoids messy cabling.

De Villiers was a guest of Huawei in Paris.

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