China's major handset manufacturer Huawei has introduced its very first wearable device that will be able to deliver LTE connectivity. The Huawei 4.5G Smartband supports 4.5G (LTE-M) connectivity and is claimed to be the first wearable in the market to come with such network support.
The fitness band will support Huawei's 4.5G network which will rollout commercially next year. The specifications and features of the wearable are still a mystery. If it is similar to Huawei's current-generation smartband, it might have a 1.4-inch OLED screen, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity.
Huawei said that its LTE-M chips have been made by Neul, a startup it acquired last year. The company claims that the chips will make 'cellular Internet of Things' a reality in the future.
Like any other fitness band, the Huawei 4.5G Smartband will track a user's fitness level and measures a person's heart rate, reports The Inquirer.
"4.5G supports up to 100K per cell connections via LTE-M, 100 times that of 4G," Huawei stated at the event, adding that "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 4.5G Smartband is said to deliver up to 1Gbps bandwidth on mobile networks when rolled out."
Huawei is expected to showcase its new smartband at MWC in Barcelona. We'll update this report with more news about the Huawei 4.5G Smartband, so check back often.