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MWC 2015: Huawei’s TalkBand B2 is a step-tracking, call-making transformer

Samsung and HTC aren't the only Mobile World Congress attendees revealing new tech treats ahead of the show's launch tomorrow

Huawei has kicked things off here in Barcelona by unveiling the successor to its original TalkBand B1 fitness band, the aptly-named TalkBand B2.

The first immediate improvement is its design, which appears to be miles better than the rather bland original, with a removable (but proprietary) classy leather strap available for the gold version. The black model keeps the rubber strap, but the overall design looks far sleeker and more attractive than the original B1.

On the inside, Huawei’s added a gyroscope sensor in addition to the existing accelerometer, which improves movement tracking, enabling users to track specific activities like running or cycling.

Huawei’s existing TalkBand app will be updated to support the new B2’s fitness tracking smarts, and it’ll also support the new wireless Talk N1 headphones, which feature basic tracking functions in addition to locally storing music.

The TalkBand B2 keeps its predecessor’s party trick too. As before, the screen unit can be removed from the device and used as a Bluetooth headset, letting you take hands-free calls while you’re out and about. The whole ensemble is IP67-rated too, which means it can survive a dip in up to one metre of water for 30 minutes.

Huawei tells us that TalkBand B2 will be available in the £150-£200 price range and should be hitting shelves around August, if last year’s TalkBand B1 release date is any indication.

Check out our first impressionsHuawei TalkBand 2 hands-on review