Top 6 Flashy Wearables At Mobile World Congress

Wearables Make Splash At Mobile World Congress

Several smartphones made their debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this week, including the Microsoft Lumia 640, Samsung Galaxy S6 and the BlackBerry Leap.

But a variety of wearable devices were also unveiled by vendors such as Pebble, Huawei and LG at the four-day conference, as wearable technology becomes increasingly popular for consumers. The showcasing comes under a week before Apple, which typically opts out of Mobile World Congress, is expected to reveal more features about its newest wearable product, Apple Watch, on March 9.

Following are the six of the most interesting wearables showcased at Mobile World Congress 2015.

Acer Liquid Leap+

Taiwanese hardware and electronics company Acer used Mobile World Congress as a showcase for its new fitness wearable, Liquid Leap+.

Liquid Leap+ stands out from other products through connecting with all main supported operating systems, such as iOS, Windows and Android, allowing further user flexibility. The device boasts a 1-inch OLED touch screen, multiple rubber wristband colors including black, pink and green, and a rectangular, curved screen.

The IPX7 water-resistant device facilitates fitness by tracking end users' steps, running distance and burned calories, as well as offering music control devices. On top of its gym-related features, the Liquid Leap+ offers constant connectivity to the digital world, sending off email, calendar and SMS notifications.

Pebble Time

Kickstarter-backed company Pebble introduced its upgraded smartwatch, Pebble Time, showing off a new timeline interface, a new color e-paper display, as well as a microphone for responding to notifications.

The 9.5mm-thick watch has a stainless-steel body with three buttons surrounding the 47mm x 40mm Gorilla Glass screen, allowing end users to navigate between app notifications and view their connected apps. The new timeline interface allows end users to connect to as many apps on their watch as they want, as opposed to its previous restriction of eight.

Pebble Time will be available in three colors, black, white and red, and will be available in May.

Pebble Time Steel

Pebble Time Steel is the supplemented version of Pebble Time. On top of the similar 9.5mm-thick, stainless-steel body with three buttons around the 47mm x 40mm Gorilla Glass screen, the enhanced version of the watch contains better materials and other new features.

Pebble Time Steel has a larger battery, containing up to 10 days of juice on a single charge, as opposed to Pebble Time's seven. It also comes with leather and stainless-steel customizable smartstraps.

Pebble Time Steel will be available in July.

LG Watch Urbane

LG Electronics gave the world a first look at its newest smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane, at Mobile World Congress.

The watch takes a classic, rounded design, running on Android Wear and powered by Qualcomm's 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400. Its 1.3-inch P-OLED display covers a stainless-steel body, also available in polished silver and gold finish.

The watch also contains a 410mAh battery and a PPG sensor to measure heart rate and average pulse. Finally, the watch's 22mm-wide strap can be replaced for a more classic look.

HTC Grip

Unlike the classy LG Watch Urbane, HTC went a different route during Mobile World Congress, targeting athletes with its GPS-enabled smart fitness tracker, HTC Grip.

The HTC Grip comes compatible with Android and iOS devices, as well as Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as heart-rate monitors. The Grip is partly an accumulation of HTC's partnership with Under Armour Fitness's platform, said HTC, so that the fitness band synchronizes performance data with Under Armour's UA Record to track analytical athletic data.

A charge gives the curved, PMOLED Grip up to 2.5 days of power, and the fitness band is also waterproof.

According to HTC, the Grip will be available in the spring.

Huawei TalkBand B2

Chinese company Huawei revealed its TalkBand B2, a wearable device aimed for functions like automated activity tracking, sleep monitoring, and hands-free calling. The band's PMOLED touch-screen base is made from underlying aluminum material and multiple strap choices.

The smartband also comes with a smartphone pager and on-screen notifications, alarms, tracking, and other monitoring features. In addition to the TalkBand B2, Huawei also revealed its TalkBand N1, which is a unique Bluetooth smart headset that functions as an earbud platform.