Lenovo has been quite active in the mobile market lately with their slew of new devices hitting the market. From the looks of it too they are making quite an impact in the market. With that said Lenovo looks to be getting ready to enter the wearable market with their new device; the Smartband SW-B100. We are guessing too that this Lenovo wearable will make official appearance pretty soon as it just passed through the FCC, though there are yet to be an official date on the release. Like all manufacturers of Android devices this does not come as much of a surprise too, it is only a natural step into a new market with Android; and that is the only surprising part about this product.
As with other wearable type devices from other Android manufacturers all of us would expect that this comes running Android Wear. No it does not. Instead, the Smartband will run Lenovo’s proprietary system that specialises in health information systems. Keep in mind that this is targeted towards the young and active types and that explains the sporty, striking looks of the wearable piece which comes in either blue or orange apparently. Although it does not run on Android Wear, the Smartband is supposedly supposed to work well with almost any Android devices that you can throw at it to show simple notifications when there are calls or SMS. It also connects to social media for you to share your fitness stats. You can also pair it with your personal computer and remotely unlock it by just tapping on your screen. On top all of that you get to use it as a stylish watch unlike the Xiaomi Mi Band. Since fitness is its main function its main features are to track the number of steps you have taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and your heart rate at any given point. You can track your progress daily, monthly or yearly too in the App. The device can also track your sleeping patterns too for that matter.
Lenovo’s take on wearable as an Android manufacturer is definitely an eccentric one with their decision to not go with Android Wear for their device. It also does seem similar to what Samsung have done with their Gear Fit aiming at fitness junkies and health focused users. The Gear Fit though did not receive overly warm reviews and was flawed in some ways. With this product we are hoping Lenovo would learn from those mistakes and create a great product as they have been. We are definitely excited to see this product in action when its launched. Are you?