Haier, a Chinese company probably better known for its growing presence in the appliance market, is coming to Mobile World Congress to unveil new wearables. It plans to launch a new multi-function smartwatch called the HaierWatch alongside a range of activity trackers called H-Band.
The HaierWatch is billed as a smartwatch with “a sophisticated design with multiple functionalities.” From the few details we have, it appears that it will be a “smarter watch” with an analog display and fitness tracking capabilities. At least two styles could be unveiled.
The Haier H-Band will be a hybrid fitness tracker that will work as both a bracelet and Bluetooth headset. It will come in a range of colours. In fact, it looks very similar to the Huawei TalkBand B2.
Haier also announced plans to unveil new smartphones under the Voyage line. These will be geared at the European market. It appears at this point that we may not see them in North America.
We’ll bring you all the details once Haier makes its MWC 2016 announcement.
MWC 2016: Haier exclusively launches its very first smart watch and activity tracker
In terms of smartphones, a new model range of four will be presented, two of which come to complement the existing range of ‘Voyage’ smartphones that have been introduced for European consumers.
Haier is the world’s leading home appliance provider, with global revenues amounting to US$ 32.6 billion and profits of US$ 2.40 billion in 2014. Its mission is to create innovative home appliances that anticipate the fast-changing needs of consumers all around the world. Haier has been named the number one global home appliance brand every year for the last six years by Euromonitor International, a world leader in strategy research for consumer markets, and in 2012 the Boston Consulting Group named Haier one of the ten most innovative companies in the world as well as the most innovative company in the consumer and retail category. Its global headquarters are based in the Chinese city of Qingdao and it also has regional headquarters in both Paris and New York to serve its clients in Europe and America. Haier also has 5 R&D centers, 66 trading companies and 21 industrial parks worldwide.