The TalkBand B3 looks very much like a stylish smartwatch, but it has something that separates it from other wearables on the market. The screen of the device is detachable and can be used as a Bluetooth headset for making hands free telephone calls. There is also a built-in microphone.
The new device follows in the footsteps of Huawei’s B1 and B2 TalkBands, which were not accurate or feature-rich enough to work well as a fitness tracker. Huawei is hoping it will be third time lucky with the B3 band.
Talkband features a 0.7-inch Gorilla Glass OLED display. You are able to swipe through screens to access frequent contacts, accept incoming calls, adjust volume, view information on activity and sleep tracking and find your phone. A metal frame secured with a magnetic lock holds the screen in place and the band features a single on/off button.
Like other fitness wearables, the device can be used to track calories, steps, sleep patterns and other standard metrics. Huawei’s new tracker automatically detects and adjusts to various types of physical activities.
Improvements over the previous models include a more ergonomic fit, better chipset and better audio. Sound volume is up by 25%, while the new noise reduction algorithm reduces noise by up to 80%.
If your smartphone goes missing, TalkBand B3 will help you find it. Simply tap the display, click on the TalkBand B3’s phone icon, and your smartphone will begin ringing.
Talkband will run for more than 3 days on a single charge, and the headset has 6 hours of talk time. The band is water resistant and has an IP57 rating, which means it is fine to run with it in the rain, but don’t go swimming with it.
There are three versions: Active, Classic and Elite. The Active model uses a plastic band in black or white colors, the Classic uses brown or beige leather bands, and the Elite offers a metal band in titanium color.