Just hours ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Chinese firm Huawei has just released not one but two new wearable devices – the B2 and the N1.
Talkband B2 activity tracker
The B2 is the successor to the B1, which was released last year. It has superior functionality and 6-axis tracking – as the original only let you track steps and calories, whereas the N2 can also recognise the type of activity (such as running, walking or cycling) and also tracks sleep.
The Talkband B2 can also be paired with multiple devices, and it’s water and dust-resistant – that depends on the model however, as the plastic strap version is IP57 rated, and the leather one is IP54 rated.
The main part of the wrist-worn gadget can be detached and just used as a normal Bluetooth headset, and there’s a microUSB port to charge up. According to Huawei, the B2 manages a fairly decent 5 days of usage between charges, or 12 days if it’s in standby mode. If you are using it as a Bluetooth speaker, you should get around 7 hours of talk time.
Activities are tracked using the TalkBand app – which is available for iOS and Android devices, and the band is also available in black, silver and gold. What’s more, it’s rumoured to cost less than £200 in the UK (the original model was only half of that price).
N1 hybrid earbuds
The N1 device is quite an unusual devices – instead of being worn on the wrist, it’s a set of earbuds that clip together magnetically, but also provide activity tracking functions. The N1 doesn’t have 6-axis tracking like the Talkband B2, but there is an accelerometer so you can track movement and steps.
The N1 is also IP54 rates, which is mostly dust protection and the ability to withstand splashes of water, and comes with 4 GB of onboard storage for music, which can be loaded using the app. According to Huawei, the N1’s battery keeps it running for 3 days or 5 hours of call time. It’s also available in gold, metallic grey and pink.