Almost all smartphone companies seem to be jumping on the wearables bandwagon with their fitness bands, health trackers and smartwatches. Lenovo doesn’t want to lag behind. Along with several laptops and PCs, the Chinese tech giant has also introduced a new wearable device, the Lenovo VIBE Band VB10 at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
Lenovo’s VIBE Band is quite different than other smartwatches in many ways. The first difference is its design. It is neither traditional round nor standard square in shape but is rather longish rectangular with the display almost covering your wrist. It is a 1.43-inch 296 x 128 pixels E Ink display. This makes the screen easy to read even in hash lighting conditions like sunlight and allows a long battery life of up to one week. The VB10 has a plastic front cover made to look like metal and smooth rubber straps. There are a few watch-faces you can choose from.
The VIBE Band can be integrated with your smartphone and is a fitness and activity tracker. You get various modes by pressing the button located on the side of the VIBE Band. You get data such as steps taken, distance travelled and calories burned with date and time. It also offers you features like SMS notifications (text message up to 150 characters), ignoring calls, silencing the phone’s ring and alerting you when you go too far away from your phone. However, the E Ink display keeps refreshing every time you change the menu. The band has a regular USB port on the side for battery charging.
The VIBE Band is waterproof with IPx7 certification which means it can be immersed in 3 ft. deep water for 30 minutes. So you can wear it while showering, swimming or playing water sports. The Band connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone running Android 4.4 or above. The VIBE Band offers all this functionality for just $89 and is supposed to hit the shelves internationally in April this year, but there are no plans yet for a US release.