Huawei announces the TalkBand B5 – a wearable for the wrist and ear

It isn’t often that you hear of a wearable being announced that you can wear on the wrist as well as in your ear, is it? But here we are with the Huawei TalkBand B5, a device that acts as both a Bluetooth earpiece and a fitness tracker on the wrist. 

The TalkBand B5 is the fourth generation of Huawei’s TalkBand range of wearables, with the line-up having skipped the B4 moniker due to it being an unlucky number in Chinese culture. Regarding functionality, the TalkBand B5 will display notifications from your smartphone, remotely control camera shutter, integrates with Phone Finder, track your steps and fitness activities, check your heart rate and sleep pattern, and act as a Bluetooth headset so you can take calls.

Dealing with the fitness tracker functionality first, the TalkBand B5 features Huawei’s TruSeen heart rate technology that allows for 24/7 heart tracking and monitoring when running, walking, indoor cycling, and other healthy activities. As with the Band 2 Pro, Huawei’s Trusleep tracking technology is present, allowing you to check the various stages of the sleep cycle, including deep, REM sleep, and wakefulness. The TalkBand B5 is IP67 certified, which means it is resistant to water and dust but isn’t suitable for swimming. Besides boasting Bluetooth connectivity, the wearable has a triple-core audio processor and dual microphones for reducing noise, perfect for taxi drivers or people on the move.

The TalkBand B5 has a 1.13-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 2.5D curved glass and 160 x 330 resolution. Compared to its predecessor, the TalkBand B5’s screen is 2.4 times larger which should make it easier to see information on the display.

The Huawei TalkBand is scheduled to go on sale in China on July 20 with a price tag of around, and in Saudi Arabia, UAE, and other markets from August. For the moment at least, it’s unknown when or if Huawei will bring the TalkBand B5 to the US or European markets.

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About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).