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Huawei launches wearable tech, plus 4G phones and phablets at MWC

Huawei unveils 4G phablets, fitness bands and high-fidelity front-facer laden phones at MWC 2014.

We’re in the midst of Mobile World Congress 2014 and already Huawei has pulled the wraps off a number of new devices due to arrive later this year. We’ll start small with the Huawei TalkBand B1 and work up from there.

Huawei TalkBand B1

This smart watch-style accessory treads two paths. On the one hand it’s a fitness tracker that wraps around your wrist and talks with your smartphone via Bluetooth, relaying information on calories, steps and so on. The other side of the coin is that alongside displaying caller ID and message information, the B1 also contains a Bluetooth 4.1 earpiece, so you can talk whilst you train.

Huawei TalkBand B1

Much like the Nike+ FuelBand, there’s a USB integrated into the rubberised strap so it can connect and charge directly from your computer. Huawei says that a single two-hour charge will offer up six days of continuous use. Not bad.

It also boasts a 1.4-inch white-on-black Film OLED display, chosen for its thinness, lightness and power efficiency. What’s more, being a fitness tracker, the TalkBand is IP 57 dust and water resistant, much like Sony’s SmartWatch 2.

Huawei Ascend G6

The Ascend P6 is a flagship Android smartphone, most notable for its impressively thin design, hewn from some pretty premium material choices. One of the big shortcomings was its lack of Cat4 4G, a problem rectified by Huawei’s latest mid-range handset, the Ascend G6.

Oh the whole the design looks relatively from the flagship P6. It’s just 7.85mm (7.5mm for the 3G-only model) thin and uses the same ‘double C’ curved edging. Another trait from the flagship is the inclusion of a high-resolution front-facing camera. Practically unrivalled in the industry, save for the P6, the G6 boasts a 5-megapixel camera with 88 degree wide-angle lens, whilst on the back there’s an 8-megapixel snapper with a BSI (back-side illuminated) sensor.

The rest of the hardware is more in keeping with other high-end mid-rangers like the Galaxy S4 Mini and the HTC One mini. There’s a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 2000mAh battery and NFC. User experience-wise, things look clean than ever before too, with the latest version of Huawei’s own Emotion UI 2.0 running atop Android Jelly Bean.

Huawei Media Pad X1 & M1

To round things off Huawei has unleashed two new phablets. The 7-inch MediaPad X1 and the 8-inch MediaPad M1. The X1 takes the reins as the more powerful of the two slates, rocking a full aluminium body, a Full HD LTPS screen, a 1.6GHz quad-core chip and a large 5000mAh battery. Also like the Ascned G6 it features a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and an impressively larger 13-megapixel sensor on the back.

On the other side of the fence is the more conservative Huawei MediaPad M1. Despite its larger 8-inch screen it uses a lower 800×1280 resolution and lower res camera sensors too – 1-megapixel on the front, 5-megapixel on the back. Its marginally smaller 4800mAh is quoted as offering a respectable 8-hours of video playback and performance comes from a similarly solid 1.6GHz chip, just like the X1.

Perhaps the biggest perk is that both these slates not only run the same slick Emotion UI, with its ‘Standard’ and ‘Simplicity’ modes, but also tote Cat4 4G, which claims a theoretical top speed of around 150Mbps.

Huawei MediaPad M1

So are you tempted by Huawei’s latest offerings? We’re still yet to get hands-on with these devices in Barcelona, but check back later today to see all of this new tech up close and personal.

Read more about Mobile World Congress 2014 on our MWC hub.


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