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As part of its Mobile World Congress presentation, Huawei officially unveiled its own entry into the wearable market with the TalkBand B1. There's no denying the device looks odd, but there's functionality hidden in its slightly weird-looking body. The display portion of the device actually pops out and can be used as a Bluetooth headset, while the band itself can be uncapped to reveal a USB connector for charging.

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According to CNet's hands-on, Huawei claims 7 hours talk time and 2 weeks standby battery life for the device. The device's readout is an OLED display at 1.4", and users will need to manage the "smartband" via their phone running Android 2.3 or higher. The band can sync via NFC and supports Bluetooth 4.1

The price may be right for many at €99 (about $136 US), and at just 26g it won't weigh down your wrist, but does its functionality as a headset overcome its slightly chunky aesthetic?

Source: Huawei (PR, Image)

Liam Spradlin
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  • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

    The price is just too high for what it is capable of doing. I rather buy the Gear 2 Neo

    • Justin W

      We don't even know the price of the Gear 2 Neo or the Gear yet. My bet is $299 for the Gear 2 and $199 for the Neo, but unless you have a Samsung device, that purchase is likely to be useless, whereas this will work with pretty much any Android device released within the last 1-2 years.

      • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

        i do own a samsung device. And i still stand by my Galaxy Gear comment. This thing has no wow factor compared to the Gear and does very little compared to the Gear so i rather cough up more money for that than cheap─źng out

  • Jaime

    I don't know what you're talking about. For me it looks better than any and all smartwatches out there.

    • Godspoken

      I agree, reminds me of the Nabu a bit. I have no use for a smartband/watch/whatever but I think it looks nice.

  • Hans Pedersen

    Swatch made it big with unorthodox designs. So, why not? :)

  • Jephri

    A wrist band that shows you numbers! Wow, I'm... really not impressed.

  • Cyle

    I prefer smartwatch that an upgrade from existing wristwatch, built by experienced watch company (swatch, casio, seiko),

    rather than smartwatch from phone company that still learning how to build a watch.

    • jesuguru

      I'd actually rather buy a smartwatch from a company with smartphone expertise over a traditional watchmaker. What does Seiko know about Android or OLED? Watchmaking and smartwatches are (almost) completely different technologies.

  • Hary Ayala

    now don't bring the pitchforks out just yet... But this actually convinces me on looks alone, let alone functionality.
    I like the way it looks, much better than most smart watches out there.

  • Anfronie

    From my research on the fit bit that clasp is a fail

  • M.M

    i like the design ,

  • Erik Tomlinson

    This looks exactly like a Fitbit, even down to the icons and font on the screen. I'm not saying they should be suing, but I'm going to say that I wouldn't be surprised if they get sued by Fitbit.

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