Heavy Weights Announce New Wearables At Mobile World Congress
This year’s Mobile World Congress is shaping up to be a wearable wonderland. The event has only really kicked off in Barcelona but we have already seen three major announcements launching new wearable tech from Huawei, Sony and Samsung.
Huawei announced their first wearable device, a hybrid fitness band which combines an activity tracker with a Bluetooth earpiece. The band is extremely thin and light, measuring 0.3 mm wide and weighing only 1 gram and features a 1.4” OLED display. The TalkBand B1 tracks activity data like your steps, miles and calories, records sleep duration and quality and also features a smart alarm and nap functions. It also offers wireless calling with the BLE earpiece, with up to 7hrs of calling.
Sony had previously unveiled a vision of its new line of wearables centralized around a new sensor called Core at CES this year. At Mobile World Congress, the tech giant officially launched the SmartBand SWR 10. The SmartBand uses the Core sensor to track fitness as well as life events which are tracked in a companion app called LifeLog. Sony intends for this device to be worn 24/7 with the benefit being more than just understanding your fitness but also capturing your life and entertainment – places visited, music listened to, games played, books read.
The biggest wearable tech announcement at the Congress so far has been from Samsung. News of Samsung launching a new version of its smartwatch Gear had been leaked prior to Samsung’s much anticipated Unpacked event. But Samsung surprised us today with three new wearables: The Gear 2, Gear Neo and its first fitness tracking device the Gear Fit.
The Gear 2 is a sleeker, redesigned version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch which was released just last year. Running a new operating system, Tizen, this version now touts a heart rate monitor and a standalone music player. Samsung has also moved the placement of the camera from the band to the body of the watch which allows users to change up their watch band if the so choose.
The Neo is nearly similar to the Gear 2 except that it is thinner and lighter since it doesn’t have the camera. Both smartwatches have a 1.64-inch Super AMOLED display with 320 x 320 resolution, a 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a 300 mAh battery which is expected to last three times longer than the original.
The Gear Fit is the world’s first curved wearable with a large 1.83-inch, 432 x 128 curved AMOLED display. The Fit has a heart rate monitor and is primarily geared towards tracking your fitness activity. It does, however, have the ability to tell the time and display notifications from your phone like email, text messages and phone calls. The band is compatible with Samsung’s S Health app, to visualize and track your progress on your Samsung smartphone.
With Mobile World Congress continuing until February 27th, we are sure to see a few more new wearables pop up. We will be sure to keep you posted.