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Huawei Unveils Stylish Talkband B3

Michael Moore joined TechWeek Europe in January 2014 as a trainee before graduating to Reporter later that year. He covers a wide range of topics, including but not limited to mobile devices, wearable tech, the Internet of Things, and financial technology.

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Available in three styles, Huawei’s latest wearable is its most fashionable yet

Huawei is releasing a new fitness-focused wearable, the TalkBand B3 – it’s third smart wrist device –  which will come in separate sport-focused and high-end models as it targets all sections of the market.

The Talkband B3 wwas shown off alongside the new flagship Huawei P9 and P9 Plus smartphones in London yesterday, and will be available in Active, Classic and Elite varieties, costing €169 (£137), €199 (£161), and €249 (£201) respectively.

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huawei-talkband-b3Weighing in at just under 96 grammes, the Talkband B3 features a ‘3D’ curved 0.7 inch display covered in Corning Gorilla Glass that the company says offers a more ergonomic fit than previous models.

A resolution of 128 x 80 allows the device to display, notifications, the time and messages in monochrome.

Inside, there’s a Huawei Kirin microprocessor, 128KB of RAM, and 512KB of built-in flash storage. The TalkBand B3 is powered by a  91mAh battery, which Huawei claims will last three to four days on a single charge, or up to six hours of call time, with recharging carried out via a microUSB connection.

The device is able to carry a full range of fitness functions seen on other fitness wearables. It can monitor steps, calories, sleep and can communicate with a paired device running Android 4.3 or iOS 7.0 and above. A Bluetooth connection can detect devices up to ten metres away with data stored in a companion app.

However, unlike most other devices, it is able to receive phone calls thanks to a built-in microphone, offering hands-free calling and talk functions, and uses the side button to carry out a wide range of functions on a paired smartphone, including turning off alarms and taking photos remotely.

There’s no details on availability yet, but given that Huawei’s newest smartphones will launch in the UK next month, it’s probably safe to assume the TalkBand B3 will arrive then too.

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