Huawei launches its new 4.5G Smartband wearable in London

By Jay Jay

With KAZAM dominating the proceedings recently with a flurry of smartphone and tablet launches, Huawei packed a new punch with the launch of its new wearable, the 4.5G Smartband in London yesterday. They also announced that their highly-anticipated 4.5G mobile technology will launch next year and it will allow consumers to watch 2k moving images aka videos at 2K video on the move.

Expected to be revealed in detail at the MWC in Barcelona, the device will be the first ever wearable to suport the 4.5G LTE connectivity. The LTE-M chips for the Smartband has been developed by Neul that was acquired by Huawei last year.

The company also claimed that the new chip will reinforce the 'cellular Internet of Things' concept in the near future. Apart from unique connectivity, the Smartband will also feature a heart rate monitor, can track fitness levels and pair with smart thermostats and energy readers.

Speaking in the event in London, the Huawei spokesperson said, "4.5G supports up to 100K per cell connections via LTE-M, 100 times that of 4G. LTE-M also provides better coverage. Receivers require just 1/100th of the signal of existing 2G system, 20dB gain, using low-power terminals." Huawei's current flagship in the wearables market is the TalkBand B1 which was launched in the Mobile World Congress last year.

Like its predecessor, the Smartband could also contain a OLED display, embedded Bluetooth connectivity as well as NFC connectivity.

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