MWC 2015: Huawei launches wearables and more
Chinese vendor introduces its first smartwatch, next-gen TalkBand devices
Chinese hardware manufacturer Huawei used Mobile World Congress 2015 to roll out a smartwatch and a Bluetooth-enabled health-tracker wristband.
The Huawei Watch features a 1.4-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display, scratch-proof sapphire crystal lens and a cold-forged stainless steel frame. It comes with a built-in heart rate monitor and 6-Axis motion sensors and is also waterproof.
"We have responded to consumers' requests from around the world asking for a smartwatch featuring a timeless design that is truly smart from within," said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group.
"Through Huawei's continued commitment to ‘Make It Possible', the Huawei Watch delivers on that promise and gives the consumer a premium smartwatch that is technologically innovative. As the first smartwatch in our expanding line of premium wearable products, the Huawei Watch was designed and created to enhance and be part of consumers' everyday lives."
Other Huawei wearables launched at MWC are the TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1. Alongside the wearables, the company also introduced its "next-generation" phablet, the MediaPad X2.
The Middle East continues to be a high-growth market for Huawei with the company launching a number of flagship products, such as its Mate 7 smartphone, and naming singer Nancy Ajram as its Middle East & Africa brand ambassador.
Huawei pulled together a team of traditional watch designers for its Watch project, which resulted in use of sapphire crystal elements, and a metal body with a 316L corrosive-resistant, cold-forged stainless steel, which Huawei claims is "commonly only seen in luxury watches".
The wrist device runs Android Wear, and is peppered with health-tracking functions, a heartrate monitor sensor, 6-Axis sensor, barometer sensor, touch motor, and built-in microphone. Paired with a smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher, the watch allows users to receive SMS, email, calendar, app, and phone call notifications.
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