MWC 2015: Huawei rolls out wearables, new MediaPad
By Digital News Asia March 3, 2015
- Announces consumer brand vision: Dreams Inspire Creativity
- Says wearable devices one of the most important industry developments
HUAWEI unveiled a series of wearable devices including the Huawei Watch, TalkBand B2 (pic above), and TalkBand N1 on the eve of the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015).
Its Consumer Business Group (BG) also unveiled the MediaPad X2 phablet, and also announced the brands vision, ‘Dreams Inspire Creativity.’
“For consumers, having access and storage of personal data and records will make wearable devices one of the most important industry developments in the advent of big data and cloud technologies,” said Huawei Consumer BG chief executive officer Richard Yu.
“Today’s wearable device announcement showcases Huawei’s commitment to inspiring creativity and creating products that will enhance the consumer’s ecosystem.
“Our wearable devices are to be connected and synchronised to offer the best all-around smart solution and personal monitoring based on individual need,” he added.
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The second generation of Huawei’s TalkBand products, Huawei TalkBand B2 showcases a more business-like design, has smarter fitness tracking functionality with higher accuracy, and enhanced synchronisation with the user’s mobile device.
The TalkBand B2 is the perfect combination of Bluetooth headset and sports bracelet, ideal for on-the-run business executives who are athletically active, the company declared.
Equipped with an advanced 6-axis sensor, TalkBand B2’s smart detection can automatically identify and record motions accurately, detect the duration of deep sleep and light sleep, and provide consumers with health tips on ways to improve their sleep pattern.
TalkBand B2 is equipped with dual-microphone, noise reduction technology and quality Bluetooth connectivity.
Its battery performance allows it to operate up to five days, support continuous call time of up to six hours, and 12 days’ standby time.
TalkBand B2 supports devices with the Android 4.0 operating system and iPhones with iOS 7.0 or above, and will come in three colours: Black, silver and gold.
The recommended retail price of premium version (with leather strap) is €199 (US$224) and that of standard version (with TPU strap) is €169 (US$190).
The TalkBand N1 is a HiFi stereo + Bluetooth headset featuring 4G of local MP3 storage for 1,000 songs, Bluetooth calling, and sports tracking.
With a 20-20KHz frequency range, the TalkBand N1 provides the finest sound quality with higher expressiveness, the company claimed.
Paired with a smartphone, TalkBand N1 is also a health and sports tracker with features such as step counting, distance calculation, calorie consumption tracking, and more. It also carries a function that broadcasts the names or phone numbers of incoming calls so users won’t miss a call on the road.
The TalkBand N1 comes in three colours: Silver, grey and red. The recommended retail price is €119 (US$134).
As the first smartwatch in the Huawei Consumer BG wearables family, Huawei Watch features a 1.4 inch AMOLED, scratch- and water-proof, fully circular design at 42mm diameter.
It uses sapphire crystal elements, and has a metal body which features a 316L corrosive-resistant, cold-forged stainless steel, commonly only seen in luxury watches, Huawei said.
Powered by Android Wear, the Huawei Watch comes with a range of health tracking functions and has a built-in advanced heart rate monitor sensor, six-axis sensor, barometer sensor, touch motor, and built-in microphone.
Paired with a smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher, it allows users to receive SMS, email, calendar, app, and phone call notifications.
Designed with personalisation in mind, the Huawei Watch offers 40 customisable watch faces ranging from a classic analogue to digital, or even a tracking design that displays health data including calories ingested, steps taken and more.
Touted as the world’s slimmest 7in phablet, the Huawei MediaPad X2 is 7.28 mm thick, with an all-metallic body that offers a more business-like look.
Its compact borderless design offers a screen-to-body ratio of 80%, which makes it easy for single-handed operation.
The MediaPad X2 combines phone, tablet, navigator, portable battery, mobile hotspot and digital camera, Huawei said.
Equipped with a 13MP rear camera, Huawei MediaPad X2 has exceptionally good low-light shooting capabilities, post-shooting focus adjustment metering mode, off-screen quick snapping functionality, focus and exposure metering function; the ability to create the highest quality photos comparable to a DSLR camera are now possible.
The 5MP front-facing camera has an aperture of F2.4 and a wide angle of 22mm, which is perfect for panorama selfies, Huawei said.
The Huawei MediaPad X2 comes in two versions: The standard version of 2G RAM+ 16GROM in a moonlight silver body and the premium version with 3G RAM+ 32GROM in an amber gold body. Both are dual-SIM and offer 4G network support.
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