Lenovo’s first Smartband has been a long time coming, making the rumor rounds and stopping by the FCC in recent months, and now it’s official at last.
Say what you will about Lenovo’s tablet and convertible laptop endeavors, but there’s no denying the China-based tech giant is trying hard to come up with unique products. They may not be always particularly convenient, or fully thought-through, but they’re sure unconventional.
And that’s a good thing. Playing it safe and following others’ “examples” is the certain path to mediocrity, and for the most part, Lenovo wants to do its own thing. Not in the wearable sector, as it turns out, since their Smartband SW-B100 can only be described as humdrum.
Unremarkable. Mediocre. More of the same. The same Samsung, Fitbit, Xiaomi and an array of more experienced fitness players have brought to the table in recent years.
“Unveiled” on the hush-hush with a straightforward and dull product listing on the company’s official website, the SW-B100 looks just as mundane as expected, and offers the mere basics of activity trackers. No fancy pre-installed software either, like Android Wear or a proprietary OS in the vein of what Sony used back in the day.
Aimed at “young people who take care of their personal health and are interested in new tech trend products” (yeah, right), the Lenovo Smartband can follow your daily workout, sleep habits and heart rate. It obviously tracks distance ran or walked, can count calories and displays certain notifications from synced Android handhelds or iPhones.
Perhaps the neatest and most original feature is PC pairing, where the Smartband can log in on a computer, auto-lock and unlock it without the user having to manually enter passwords. That’s cool, Lenovo, and we also dig the colorful blue and orange design accents.
Unfortunately, you’re a little late to the basic wearable party, and you’ll need to pull off a spectacularly low price tag to stand out. Like, sub-$75 low. Which seems really, really unlikely, no?