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(Pocket-lint) - Haier has announced, ahead of Mobile World Congress, that it will begin manufacturing and selling wearables. Specifically it's going to launch a smartwatch called HaierWatch and an activity tracker that doubles as a Bluetooth headset, called H-Band.

Haier is famous for making white list goods like washing machines, fridges and dishwashers, so this is a real jump. Although it did take the first steps with its Voyage smartphone range. Wearables is something that lots of companies are doing and perhaps with smart connected kitchens becoming more common this is a good move for Haier.

The wearables will be shown off at MWC at the end of February. The watch appears to come in two forms, a metallic strap version with silver bezel and black face plus a rose gold metal version with white face. Each are analogue so should offer step count via a connected smartphone.

The H-Band looks very similar to the Huawei TalkBand B2. This means while it looks like a wrist worn wearable alone it's actually a Bluetooth headset when removed from the strap.

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Both wearables should feature vibration alerts for things like inactivity nudges or incoming call notifications.

Pricing and release dates have not been announced but expect plenty more details from MWC 2016 where we will be there to bring you it all.

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Writing by Luke Edwards. Originally published on 28 January 2016.