CHINESE PHONE MAKER Huawei unveiled the 4.5G Smartband at an event in London on Tuesday, claiming it as the world's first LTE-M wearable.
The Huawei 4.5G Smartband will boast next-generation 4.5G connectivity, described as being "in the middle of 4G and 5G", which the firm aims to make commercial next year.
Full details of the device are likely to be revealed at next week's Mobile World Congress (MWC), and Huawei is keeping quiet on specifications. If it's anything like the firm's previous Smartband, however, expect a 1.4in OLED screen, NFC, Bluetooth and resistance against dust and water.
Huawei did reveal, however, that the device will make use of an LTE-M chip made by Neul, following its acquisition of the start-up last year, a processor which the company claims will make a "cellular Internet of Things" (IoT) a reality.
The firm also revealed that, like most wearables, the Huawei 4.5G Smartband will be capable of tracking a wearer's fitness levels and heart rate, and will be able to pair with other IoT devices, such as smart thermostats and energy readers.
Huawei had plenty more to say about 4.5G technology at its pre-MWC event in London.
Ryan Ding, president of products and solutions at the firm, said that 4.5G networks represent "the first time that a mobile network is not focused on people" but on "people and things".
Huawei said that, as well as enabling technologies such as virtual reality and drones, 4.5G will provide huge benefits to the business sector, boosting industry applications such as smart metering which require low-power terminals and better network coverage.
"4.5G supports up to 100K per cell connections via LTE-M, 100 times that of 4G," Huawei explained. "LTE-M also provides better coverage. Receivers require just 1/100th of the signal of existing 2G system, 20dB gain, using low-power terminals."
Huawei said that 4.5G will deliver up to 1Gbps bandwidth on mobile networks when it is commercially rolled out in 2015.
However, the announcement was perhaps put to shame by the University of Surrey, which revealed today that it had achieved record-breaking 5G speeds of 1Tbps. µ
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