It looks like HTC’s smartwatch is still in play despite rumours that it had been canned, but we might be in for a bit of a wait…
Rumours of HTC’s smartwatch have re-appeared, presumably to try and turn consumers’ heads from the freshly-launched Apple Watch. According to fresh rumours spread by CNET, the Taiwanese manufacturer is back on track to announce a rival, following suggestions it couldn’t afford to develop something purposeful in such a competitive market.
HTC Watch concept by Hasan Kaymak
Details around HTC’s smartwatch are sparse, but invites to a press event on October 8 would suggest the company plans to launch something big and if the company’s smartphones are anything to go by, any smartwatch should be pretty premium.
Whether the smartwatch will be made of plastic, or shiny metal like the gorgeous HTC One M8, remains to be seen, although pictures of both variants have been leaked online.
Original rumours around the HTC smartwatch, said to be called the HTC One Wear, have it based upon Qualcomm’s Toq watch with a circular Mirasol display to make it easier to view in all conditions.
Any wearable HTC expects to launch will be directly competing with others running the Android Wear platform including the LG G Watch R and Motorola’s Moto 360, not to mention Apple’s sure-to-sell-a-million-billion Watch.
In August, a video of HTC’s office was leaked on YouTube, showing what was said to be the HTC smartwatch. However, HTC said the product was not one that would be put on sale, but it will have some exciting announcements in the coming months.
Rumours of HTC’s smartwatch started last year, when Bloomberg revealed the company was likely to launch a wearable in the second half of 2014. Although it seems those were the original plans, the company has seemingly taken its foot off the pedal on this one.
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