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Huawei launches wearable tech

TalkBand smartwatch serves as companion, but with little functionality

Huawei launches wearable tech
Richard Yu presents the Talkband B1 at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

China-based Huawei has jumped into the wearable tech ring with the unveiling of its TalkBand B1 smartwatch.

The device combines health monitoring with call functionality, which is delivered through a removable Bluetooth headset. The retail price was announced as EUR99 (AED500).

Like Samsung's Gear companion, the TalkBand serves as an accessory to a smartphone or tablet. According to CNET, the device has no touchscreen and it is managed through an app on the parent device.

Huawei expects the device to be used alongside its 7-inch MediaPad X1, which despite its size is being called a smartphone rather than a mini-tablet. The TalkBand will track steps, calories burned, how well a user has slept, and allows calls through the headset. The 1.4-inch OLED display is black and white.

Huawei Consumer Business Group chief executive Richard Yu referred to the device as an integrated Bluetooth headset and "smartband," with NFC pairing and Bluetooth 4.1. The TalkBand can be removed from the wristband, be used to make a call, and then returned to the housing. It is also IP57 water- and dust-resistant. It is said to have seven hours of talk time and two weeks of standby.

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