Monday, 02 March 2015 18:40

Huawei hits the track with TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1

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Huawei's MWC announcements include a pair of devices for fitness fans.

Huawei has revisited the wearables space with the TalkBand B2 (a successor to the TalkBand B1) and the TalkBand N1.

The TalkBand B2 (pictured above) is a smartwatch with a six-axis sensor for activity tracking.

Like its predecessor, the B2's 'face' detaches for use as a dual-microphone, noise-reducing Bluetooth headset. Audio automatically remains on the smartphone unless the headset is separated from the bracelet.

The B2 works with Android (version 4.0 or later) or iOS (7.0 or later) devices, and is said to be good for up to five days use between charges.

If the B1 had 'shorts and t-shirt' styling, the B2 is more 'business pants or skirt.'

Two strap styles are available, one in leather and the other in TPU. Both come in a choice of colours.

Australian pricing and availability has yet to be announced, but in Europe the TalkBand B2 costs €169 ($243) with the TPU strap or €199 ($286) in leather.

Then there's the TalkBand N1 (pictured below), which Huawei describes as "the industry’s first Hi-Fi stereo + Bluetooth headset featuring 4G of local MP3 storage for 1,000 songs, Bluetooth calling, and sports tracking."

Huawei TalkBand N1

So you can choose to leave your phone beind and lighten your load while exercising, yet still listen to music.

But it seems that the health tracking features (step counting, distance calculation and so on) are only available when connected to a smartphone.

Huawei claims "the ultimate experience in professional sound quality on par with higher end headsets thanks to chamber tuning."

Available in silver, grey or red, the TalkBand costs €119 ($171) in Europe.


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