In 2014, Huawei introduced the TalkBand B1, a smart bracelet that was also a Bluetooth earphone. There have been multiple generations of TalkBand since then, but now the company has revealed that it’s working on something a bit sleeker – the Huawei Watch Buds.
It’s a smart bracelet, a bluetooth earphone, it’s Huawei TalkBand B6
The name is descriptive enough, but here’s an official video teaser. Round fit smart watch with two speakers inside. This looks sleeker than the TalkBand and is more practical too, since you can also listen to music (the Band’s single earpiece isn’t ideal).
The watch acts as a charging case for the buds. If you pause the video at the 6 second mark, you will see icons showing buds and a lightning symbol below them.
Smartwatches already struggle with battery life, so how much power can one need for earbuds, especially when said buds take up a significant portion of the internal volume? We can’t answer that yet, but somehow a YouTube channel claims to have got its hands on the Huawei Watch Buds and offers a sneak peek.
The watch feels just as chunky as you might expect since it is also suitable for TWS buds. The frame is said to be made of steel, and the strap is made of leather. The watch is “Powered by HarmonyOS” and its design is reminiscent of the Huawei Watch 3.
The Huawei Watch Buds will be officially unveiled at an event in December and they won’t be alone – Huawei also has a watch for kids. The company has shared a teaser image that showcases an interesting design.
The watch is detachable from the wrist strap with clasps and appears to have two sides: one is a full color screen, the other is like an old-school LCD. This will do wonders for battery life (and sunlight clarity), while still offering full smartwatch capabilities with a quick flip.
Note that there are two cameras on board as well. Not unusual for a baby watch, one would allow mom and dad to check in via video call. A second camera is sometimes included for taking photos and videos, but framing a shot with something strapped to your wrist is awkward. The detachable design will really help in this regard.
Huawei Kids Watch 5X series will be unveiled in December as well.