There has been a lot of cool stuff so far coming out of this year’s Mobile World Congress, the biggest annual showcase of new mobile tech in the world, including the launches of new phones like HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6, as well as forays into virtual reality and new wearables from LG… and one Chinese company called Huawei.
You may not have heard of Huawei, and that’s because they have yet to make a huge splash in the States when it comes to their consumer devices. Despite being considered one of China’s most successful and innovative companies, Huawei has a hurdle in the U.S. when it comes to grabbing people’s attention away from Apple and Samsung. But that might change soon. Their phones and tablets are getting more attention than ever, and they recently announced two new activity trackers, the Talkband B2 and N1 earbuds.
The B2 is a simple, luxe-looking bracelet that you could wear to the office, but also tracks your steps, calories burned, and can even detect the activity you’re doing (walking, running, etc), as well as track your sleep. The main module can also pop out of the strap and be used as a Bluetooth headset for up to 7 hours of call time. Otherwise, you’ll get five days of use on a charge.
Like the FitBit Flex, the B2 is more for the “everyday health” crowd, but with a luxury twist. You won’t get the same stats as superwatches like the Fitbit Surge or the Garmin Fenix 3. But as a neat piece of technology in the guise of a stylish bracelet, the B2 is something worth considering when it launches in April for about $189 for the silver and black options, or about $222 for the gold option. Check it out on Huawei’s site for buying info here.
Huawei also announced the launch of the N1 earbuds. In addition to functioning as earbuds, they also track your activity (like steps taken) and can store up to 1,000 songs with 4 gigabytes of storage. The earbuds magnetically clip together so they’ll never get tangled, and are said to last up to 7 hours of music playback. They’re set to debut in May, and at about $133, they should be considered for any fitness junkie.
Would you buy either of these new wearables?