Earlier last week, Chinese manufacturer Huawei posted a teaser for the launch of a wearable device. At the time, it was believed that the device would be compatible with 4G LTE networks. It seems like part of it was true after all, as the manufacturer has shown off a new Smartband (not a smartwatch as rumored) running the company’s proprietary 4.5G networks.
These networks will be officially available starting next year, beginning with China. Explaining a bit about the 4.5G technology, Huawei 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.”
This technology is used by the means of the LTE-M chip made by Neul, which is a Huawei owned company. Speaking more about the device itself, the Smartband will be capable of tracking the user’s health metrics like heart rate, steps etc. Although there’s no confirmation of the hardware at this point, it is believed that the device is packing a 1.4 inch OLED screen with connectivity features like NFC and Bluetooth built in. As is the norm with wearables, the Smartband will be water and dust resistant.
The announcement was held in London with more information expected to follow during next week’s MWC 2015 event.
Source: The Inquirer