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Huawei enters fitness audio with the Talkband N1 headphones

Huawei announces the new Talkband N1 sports headphones for the fitness crowd due to come out this May.
March 5, 2015

Huawei has been all over the news lately for one thing or another, but this time it’s for audio. At MWC 2015 week, Huawei had their eyes set on entering the fitness market. So along with a new smart band, the company released it’s first pair of wireless sports headphones called the Talkband N1.

To start off the Talkband N1’s do what any good pair of sports headphone should do: be wireless. They will be able to connect via Bluetooth to your iOS or Android smart phone and have built-in sensors that can track your activity. Via their fitness app, the N1’s will be able to track steps, calories burned, and distance ran. Huawei claims the headphones use hardware that translates to high quality audio, but we’ll have to wait and see for ourselves. The headphones are water proof enough that sweat and rain won’t be a problem, but I wouldn’t recommend taking these for a swim. They come with 7 hours of music playback which isn’t the best, but should definitely be enough for a couple of runs assuming one of them isn’t a marathon.

Should you want to make any calls the Talkband N1 does come with a built-in microphone as well. To top it all off the N1 headphones come with 4 GB of on-board storage which is enough to store a few of your favorite workout playlists right in the headphones themselves. When not using them the two earbuds clip together magnetically around your neck for easy storage. This is a feature that I can see being very useful, even if it does make you look like you’re wearing a weird necklace.

Huawei plans on the N1’s being available in May of this year and they will retail at €199, though pricing has not yet been announced for the rest of us. Do you think these seem like promising sports headphones or is Huawei swinging in the dark? Let us know what you think.