The Huawei Watch is still nowhere to be found, but the Chinese OEM already has another high-end (-ish) wearable on deck.
Although the metallic, fingerprint-recognizing, 20 MP camera-toting Honor 7 handheld was undoubtedly the headliner of Huawei’s glitzy June 30 press event, the device manufacturer also used the media attention to raise some awareness regarding a pair of intriguing mobile accessories.
The awkwardly and confusingly dubbed Honor Band Zero is technically marketed as a “smart wearable” gizmo with a “minimalistic design”, so you’d probably be inclined to file it under basic fitness trackers. Yet it’s capable of more than counting steps and estimating calories burned during various sporting activities, including smartphone synchronization and notification pulling on a circular touchscreen.
Seemingly smaller than the 400 x 400 pix res 1.4-inch AMOLED panel on the Huawei Watch, this piece of mysterious glass is surrounded by fairly thick brushed aluminum bezels. Quite the risky aesthetic choice, given the general dislike of prominent display borders in the Android décor.
Of course, it’s possible the Band Zero will run a proprietary OS of sorts, not Android Wear, allowing its engineers to easily optimize services and apps for Asian territories, where Google is largely blacklisted.
Battery life could greatly benefit from Huawei prospectively trimming the software fat, albeit power users won’t be happy to get anything but the very best here. Unless the price is right, a matter that’s bound to be addressed by August.
The only other certainties at the moment are a trio of chromatic options (white, black and beige), and IP68 dust and water protection.
Meanwhile, the Honor Whistle Bluetooth headset is cloaked in even thicker secrecy, with the name, above photo and obvious metal construction outed so far. How special can a wireless headset get, you ask?
Well, the TalkBand B2 is both that and a “fitness watch”, and we wouldn’t be shocked to hear the Honor Whistle does two jobs at once too, despite there being no screen in sight… yet.
Source: NDTV Gadgets