Huawei Introduces TalkBand B1, and Samsung Updates Galaxy Gear

by Istvan Fekete on February 24, 2014

It seems the next battle for customers in the tech world will be in the wearables category. More and more companies have joined the wearable fray, with Huawei being the most recent player, launching the slightly awkward looking TalkBand B1.

The device, however, comes with a pleasant surprise: it is a combination of a fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset for a price of roughly $135 or €99 as presented by Huawei’s chief executive, Richard Yu. He calls it an integrated Bluetooth headset and smartband with NFC pairing and Bluetooth 4.1.

As you can see from the picture above, the wearable gadget looks less like a watch than the band it is named after. The TalkBand sports has a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display that can pop out of the wristband, and what you get is a headset used for making calls.

The device is able to track both sleep and health, and is IP57 water- and dust-resistant. Another interesting tweak is that the wristband itself is a USB connector, so users can charge it easily. The TalkBand B1 offers up to seven hours of talk time and two weeks of standby.

But Huawei wasn’t the only company unveiling “surprising” products in Barcelona last weekend. Samsung has updated its criticized Galaxy Gear devices and unveiled two new smartwatches: the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.

Although some may have expected a product refresh, here is the surprise: starting with this generation of Gear, Samsung has dropped the Android operating system and adopted Tizen OS, a platform the South Korean company has been busy enhancing lately.

At first glance, the two Gear 2 smartwaches appear to sport the same tech specs: a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen, 512 MB of RAM, a 300 mAh battery, and a 1 GHz dual-core processor, but there is a major difference between the two. The Gear 2 Neo doesn’t have a built-in camera. According to the company’s product description, the Gear 2 provides up to three days of battery life with typical usage (I am curious as to what “typical” is), and up to six days with low usage.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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