Huawei is one of the top 5 smartphone manufacturers in the world, and they’re looking to take a slice out of the rising wearables pie!
Huawei’s first entry into the wearable tech market was the (not so great) Huawei TalkBand B1, which doubles up as a Bluetooth headset. The drawbacks of the B1 include the lacking of some requisite features; it’s a bit overweight, rigid, frumpy looking, and I think that Huawei struggle with the element of ‘trendiness’, which is clearly a contributing factor in the sales of fitness trackers and other wearables. Saying that though, Huawei’s wearables trendability status could soon change for the better with the pending release of their round-faced smartwatch!
So, can the new Huawei TalkBand B2 rectify the slip-ups of the B1, and enable the Chinese tech mammoth to compete in the jam-packed fitness tracking division?
The Huawei TalkBand B2 was announced at Mobile World Congress back in February, and like its predecessor, it can be worn either on the wrist or as a Bluetooth headset. A notable difference with the TalkBand B2 is that it’s tapping into ‘trendy’ territory by integrating the Jawbone UP fitness tracking platform, plus data shareability with MyFitnessPal.
The TalkBand B2 is the first fitness tracker that’s not made by Jawbone to utilise the popular UP platform. The B2 also pairs with its own companion app for iOS and Android.
Some comments suggest that the integration of third-party hardware with the UP platform could serve as a lifeline for Jawbone, after the recent issues they’ve had with hardware, primarily the UP3 which saw numerous release date set-backs, and then didn’t live up to the expectations of apprehensive customers.
The Huawei Talkband B2 is equipped with a 0.73-inch, 128×88, monochrome PMOLED touchscreen display, 6-axis A+G sensors, and dual mics. It has a 95mAh battery which lasts up to 6 days between charges, and takes 90 minutes to top up via a Micro USB charging cable. The water and dust resistance rating is IP57 (1 meter of submersion).
It has a width of 22mm, depth 12mm, comes with either a TPU plastic, or leather strap, and weighs 30 – 32 grams (depending on the strap)
The B2 offers automatic activity tracking, automatic sleep mode, hands-free calls, voice dialing, caller ID, vibration alert, a find my phone feature, and smart audio routing to your smartphone. If you own a Huawei smartphone you’ll get the benefit of the smart-unlock, and remote camera snapping features.
Huawei’s new fitness tracker doesn’t have a built-in GPS or heart rate monitor, and it’s not like the budgie (cheap)! However, it kind-of makes up for it with a decent build quality and hands-free calls.
• Huawei TalkBand B2