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China's Huawei unveils smart watch to rival Samsung

Published on Feb 24, 2014 5:54 AM
Huawei CEO Richard Yu talks about the TalkBand B1 during a Huawei presentation before the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Feb 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BARCELONA (AFP) - Rising Chinese smartphone maker Huawei launched Sunday a connected watch to rival Samsung's Gear 2, both unveiled on the eve of the world's biggest mobile fair in Barcelona, Spain.

Huawei, already a major force in building mobile networks and the world number three smartphone maker in 2013, showed off its TalkBand, to be sold for 99 euros (S$172).

Connected by Bluetooth to a smartphone, the watch lets you receive calls and messages without removing your mobile from your pocket, as well as measuring the steps you take with a podometer and even following your sleep pattern.

"When you look around us, everything is getting connected", Huawei consumer business unit vice president Colin Giles said.

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