Huawei unveils five 4G devices including wearable ‘TalkBand’


It added two tablets, a smartphone, a wifi hotspot and a wearable fitness tracker with removable Bluetooth earpiece to its portfolio today (February 23)

Huawei unveiled five 4G devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today (February 23) including ‘TalkBand B1’, a wearable fitness tracker that also lets users receive phone calls via a Bluetooth earpiece.

The Chinese manufacturer added the Ascend G6, which has a 4.5-inch screen, to its smartphone range. The mid-range phone (€249) has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2000 mAh battery and runs on a quad-core 1.2GHz processor.

Huawei said the device is aimed at the 18-30 age group, and has included a number of features aimed at those who enjoy taking pictures of themselves. This includes a ‘selfie preview window’ and ‘auto face enhancement’.

Users can choose from two interfaces, ‘multi-theme’ or ‘simple’.

The Ascend G6 will be available from Q1 2014 and Ascend G6 4G from April 2014.

The company unveiled two tablets, the MediaPad M1 and MediaPad X1. The former has an eight-inch screen, dual front-facing speakers and is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 4800 mAh battery.

The €299 device is 7.9mm think, and has a one-megapixel front-facing camera and a five-megapixel rear-facing camera.

The €399 MediaPad M1 will be available in black and white from Q1 2014 in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia and Latin America with other markets to follow.

The MediaPad X1 has a seven-inch screen and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. It is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and a 500 mAh battery.

The device will be available in black, white, champagne and light pink in China, Russia, Western Europe, Middle East, Japan and Latin America from March 2014.

Huawei’s TalkBand B1 is a wearable device featuring a removable Bluetooth earpiece.

The TalkBand currently only works when synched to the MediaPad M1, but Huawei CEO Richard Yu said future versions will work with all its devices and across many other Android smartphones.

The band works with an application to monitor fitness, primarily steps taken and calories burned. It also tracks sleeping patterns.

It is made of sweat-resistant materials, weighs 26g and is 14.6mm thin.

Retailing at €99, the TalkBand will be available in black, grey, white, yellow, blue and red in China from March 2014, and in Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe from Q2 2014.

Huawei also unveiled the E5786, a wifi hotspot which it claims has the ability to deliver download speeds of up to 300mbps.