Some fitness bands are capable of displaying phone calls and notifications on your wrist, but Huawei's new wearable device wants to make your hands-free phone calls more convenient. The TalkBand B1 is a fitness wristband that doubles as a Bluetooth headset for taking calls on the go.
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The device is capable of pairing with your smartphone through NFC and Bluetooth 4.1, although the company says it will only be available for Huawei handsets when it launches. The TalkBand can actually pop out of its wristband to function as a Bluetooth headset for making calls, and Huawei rates this for seven hours of talk time.
The €99 wristband displays information on its 1.4-inch OLED display, which doesn't support touch like the OLED display on LG's Lifeband Touch. Users can cycle through different screens on the display by tapping a button on the module. However, the rubbery housing that keeps the TalkBand module in its fitness band can make it difficult to press this button. On a few occasions we had to depress the button multiple times before the screen changed. Huawei has also situated a USB port in the strap, which while useful makes the clasp seem a bit bulky.
Huawei didn’t go into much detail on the TalkBand’s fitness functionality, but we’re expecting to see the standard array of features such as the ability to count steps, measure calories and monitor your sleep. The device is IP57 certified as well, meaning its dust and water resistant.
The company hasn’t mentioned when the TalkBand will launch, but it’s unclear if it will make it to the United States when it does.
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