Huawei finally revealed the details of its latest wearable, the TalkBand 5, after images of the device leaked online.
According to blogger and phone leaker Evan Blass, this is actually a blast from the past, meaning the TalkBand 5 will be the successor to Huawei’s TalkBand B3 which was released two years ago.
The original TalkBand wasn’t very advanced. It was a hybrid that combined a Bluetooth headset that didn’t work with an inaccurate fitness tracker. We saw some improvements with the B2 and B3, but the popout headset made us feel a little ridiculous. Now, you might ask what about the TalkBand B4? Well, in China, the number ‘4’ is considered unlucky so the company skipped it.
The TalkBand 5 boasts a 1.13-inch AMOLED touchscreen that’s almost two-and-a-half times bigger than its predecessor. The screen with 300 x 160 resolution comes covered with 2.5D curved glass.
We don’t know anything about the technical specs, but its predecessor TalkBand B3 had a hefty 128KB of RAM and 16MB of external storage. The 91mAh battery provided a maximum of 6 hours of talk time and lasted 3 to 4 days while not in use.
We hope TalkBand B5 will give us more power and room, but we don’t know for sure. And, two years later, the TalkBand B3 still costs around $197.
The sleep tracking appears pretty in-depth. It can analyze different stages of your sleep using cardiopulmonary coupling (CPC). It’ll also give you recommendations on improving your rest time.
The TalkBand B5 needs two key improvements to be able to deliver on its hybrid promise: a reliable Bluetooth headset and more enhanced fitness tracking and sleep tracking.
While it works with both iOS and Android phones, only Huawei and Honor smartphone users will be able to enjoy certain features like call ID and call muting.
The fitness tracker’s heart rate sensor using Huawei’s TruRelax Technology, will track your heart rate 24 hours-a-day, analyzing heart rate variability and tell you when you’re too stressed.
The new band comes with an 18mm strap with a choice of silicone, leather and stainless steel. Things look good so far, but we’ll have to wait until we get one in our hands. The TalkBand B5 will go one sale 20 July.