MWC 2014: Huawei MediaPad And Ascend Hands-on: Huawei TalkBand B1 Hands-onBy cheatmaster 10:45 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments
Huawei TalkBand B1 hands-on
Wearables are a hot ticket here at the MWC and Huawei brought its own - a smartwatch with a twist. The TalkBand B1 gets its name from being a Bluetooth headset that can be set into a rubber strap to be worn as a smartwatch.
The Huawei TalkBand B1 is a Bluetooth headset/smartwatch hybrid
It features a 1.4" curved display and measures a small under 15mm thick. You can pair it with your phone - or MediaPad X1 tablet - over NFC, then Bluetooth 4.0 LE takes over to handle the audio.
Using the Huawei TalkBand B1
The TalkBand B1 justifies its sporty looks with IP57 certification, which should create it water-resistant enough for everyday use. Built-in step and calorie counters will assist you train, with a sleep-quality indicator to assist you rest.
A watch and a step counter
Of course, it does voice calls too as a regular Bluetooth headset when paired with a phone.
The battery power is relatively low - 90mAh - but the device is power-efficient enough to last six days on a charge. What we found strange is that the battery can hold up to two hours to charge.
The pogo pins for charging • the clasp hides a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) plug
Speaking of charging, that's done with the wrist band, which features a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port and connects to the TalkBand unit with pogo pins. The clasp on the band could have been better though - it comes off too easily and is hard to put back.
The TalkBand B1 will cost €100 upon launch - it will be out in China next month, with recent locations to follow (including Western Europe and Japan) in Q2.
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