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Huawei Takes a Stab at Wearables with TalkBand B1

Huawei had a few announcements at this year’s Mobile World Congress, including a brand new device in everyone’s favorite category, that tablet-sized smartphone.

The Huawei MediaPad X1 is a 7” tablet with full phone functionality. There’s a 1920 x 1200 LTPS HD display with 10-point capacitive touch, along with a pretty massive 5,000 mAh battery. That battery is good for 21 days of standby time or five days of continuous use – that’s a pretty long time, right there. The MediaPad manages to still keep a fairly low profile, considering you’re going to need to old a 7” device up to your head – 7.18 mm thick and 239 grams. Specs are pretty impressive, too – a quad-core 1.6 GHz processor with a 1920 x 1200 display, a 13 MP Sony Exmor BSI camera, and a 5 MP front-facing camera.

Or, maybe you won’t have to hold it up to your head – Huawei is also releasing their own smartwatch companion, called the TalkBand B1. The TalkBand is a device embedded in a wristband, but it can be popped out and used as a Bluetooth headset if you need to make any calls. Other than that, it’s a smartwatch with a 1.4” display, and looks more like a fitness tracker than the other smartwatches we’re used to seeing. It keeps track of steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned, and has a battery that should last six days.

No specifics on pricing or availability yet, but neither are likely to hit North America – expect these in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa at some point this year.

TalkBand B1
TalkBand B1