Huawei’s convertible fitness tracker/headset is back with the TalkBand B3

Huawei just introduced its latest flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus, each armed with a pair of 12MP Leica cameras. Their debut would make today a big enough occasion for Huawei alone, but they’re not the only new devices taking the stage at the company’s London launch event. Alongside these handsets, Huawei’s also showing off its latest wearable, as it draws the curtains back on the TalkBand B3.

In previous years we saw Huawei’s TalkBand launch at MWC, first with the B1 back in 2014, and following up with the B2 last year. For 2016, Huawei held back its new TalkBand for this April event, but the B3 is still very much following in the footsteps of its predecessors. That means that it offers the same sort of dual-mode operation, transforming from a fitness tracker to a Bluetooth headset.

As a fitness tracker, the B3 will do your standard step counting, calorie-burn estimation, and sleep-quality analysis. It’s powered by a 91mAh battery, has a 1.5-hour charge time, and displays information on its curved 128 x 80 passive-matrix OLED touchscreen.

In order to appeal to a broader selection of user groups, Huawei’s making the TalkBand B3 available in three distinct styles: Active, Classic, and Elite. Pricing starts at around 170 EUR for the Active B3, while the Classic model will fetch more like 200 EUR, and the Elite (in Titanium Gray finish) demanding 250 EUR.

No matter which model you choose, the wearable’s screen pops out of its band to act as a Bluetooth headset when you need it. On a full charge, users can expect about six hours of talk time. With average use patterns, Huawei says to look for the TalkBand B3 to need a charge about once every four days.

Source: Huawei

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