Huawei has announced a new 4.5G Smartband at its event in London. As the name suggests, it supports the next gen 4.5G LTE connectivity and the company claims it to be the first wearable supporting LTE-M network. The Huawei 4.5G Smartband will be rolling out commercially next year.
Huawei has not revealed specifications of the wearable but more details are expected at the next week’s MWC. If the 4.5G Smartband is similar to its current smartband TalkBand B1, it may sport a 1.4-inch OLED screen, Bluetooth connectivity and NFC. It will also have dust and water resistance.
The company however revealed that the device will incorporate an LTE-M chip made by Neul, a startup it had acquired last year. Huawei claims that the chip will make “cellular Internet of Things (IoT)” a reality.
Like other smartbands, the Huawei 4.5G Smartband will track wearer’s fitness and monitor the heart rate. It will also pair with other IOT gadgets like energy readers and small thermostats. Huawei’s 4.5G LTE network will deliver up to 1GB/sec data speeds and will enable technologies such as Drones and virtual reality, and also boost industry applications like smart metering.
Huawei’s president of products and solutions, Ryan Ding, said that the 4.5G network will be “the first time that a mobile network is not focused on people, but on people and things“.
Huawei says, “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.”
The company is expected to showcase its new 4.5G Smartband at the MWC next week and we will know more details about it soon.
Source The Inquirer