The Chinese company Huawei has joined the wearable market. They have recently revealed the TalkBand B1 at MWC (Mobile World Conference). This fitness tracker has a twist to it though as it can be removed from the wristband and used as a bluetooth headset, hits where the name comes from. This new device is said to come at a price tag of 99 euros or about $136.
The tracker features a curved 1.4 inch OLED display, which means there is no touch functionality. Instead the tracker is controlled via an app on your smartphone and is said to work with any Android device running version 2.3 or higher (as well as iOS 5+ support). So far the device seems to be lacking a little as an actual fitness tracker when compared the others like the Nike FuelBand or Fitbit Force. The tracker currently monitors steps, calories burned, and how well you’ve slept. Another features about this tracker is that it is IP57 water and dust-resistant, which means it can be worn in the shower. Finally, the strap itself has a USB connector for quick easy charging and is said to be able to fully recharge from dead in only two hours.
The Huawei TalkBand B1 is said to launch in March for the Chinese market. It is also expected to released for Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe after March. While this device is not a fully blow smart watch, it could become very useful for someone who is looking to track activity as well as take phone calls without the need of taking their phone out of their pocket.
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