Wednesday, 08 April 2020 10:13

TCL announces new 5G router, heart-rate monitoring earphones

The TCL LINKHUB 5G CPE router. The TCL LINKHUB 5G CPE router. Supplied

Close on the heels of releasing its first self-branded smartphones, TCL Communication has announced four smart connected devices: a 5G router, wireless earphones, heart-rate monitoring earphones and a new version of the TCL MOVETIME Kids Watch.

The TCL LINKHUB 5G CPE supports smart dual-band Wi-Fi with 4x4 Mum-MIMO technology, supporting more than 1000 simultaneous connections.

It is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 chipset and supports 5G speeds of up to 2.8Gbps and the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology for speeds up to 3.6Gbps.

The router allows users to connect with their mesh router system and extend Wi-Fi coverage throughout multi-storey homes and large spaces.

Both Bluetooth and ZigBee are supported for set-up and one can manage smart home devices through TCL Communication’s dedicated app.

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The ACTV500TWS wireless earphones.

It will be available in Europe, the US, China, Asia and Pacific, Middle East and Africa beginning in July 2020.

The SOCL500TWS and ACTV500TWS wireless earphones use the inner ear for support. The ACTV500TWS has foam tips to ensure snug fit. The SOCL500TWS is IPX4-rated with its water-repellent casing and microphone mesh, while the ACTV500TWS is IPX7 certified, meaning it is water- and sweat-resistant. Both come with 5.8mm speaker drivers.

The SOCL500TWS has a total playtime up to 26 hours, with 6.5-hour continuous playback and 19.5 hours of additional charge from the case. The ACTV500TWS has a total playtime up to 33 hours, with 6.5-hour continuous playback and 26.5 hours of additional charge from the case. Both can be charged wirelessly, with a quick charge feature allowing for an hour of play time after 15 minutes of charging.

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The SOCL500TWS wireless earphones.

The heart-rate monitoring earphones, the ACTV200BT, has a multi-sensor system built into the acoustic tube of the right earpiece, to provide an accurate reading in real-time.

It can be paired with common third-party smartphone apps, to give an audio reading on the spot. The earphones are IPX4 certified, meaning they are sweat- and water-resistant.

The ACTV200BT supports Bluetooth 5.0 and fast charging for up to two hours of playback time after 15 minutes of charging. It is designed with an 8.6mm speaker driver and has passive noise isolation.

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The earphones that can monitor heart rate.

The fourth device, the MOVETIME Kids Watch MT43K, can be used by parents to keep track of their children.

It has a 1.4-inch AMOLED touch display that is water- and dust-resistant and has a voice-activated assistant. The battery has a standby time of up to four days or usage time of up to two days.

“We are proud to be one of the few companies in the world with a fully integrated ecosystem, and we want to continue expanding our line-up to become even more inclusive of our customers’ needs,” said Aaron Zhang, vice-president and general manager of Global Sales and Marketing for TCL Communication.

“In adding more 5G and connected devices to the TCL brand, we are ensuring that our ecosystem will grow into additional aspects of home and family life for years to come.”

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The MOVETIME Kids Watch MT43K. All images courtesy TCL Communication

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