HTC Smartwatch to be previewed to carriers at Mobile World Congress
During a recent interview, Cher Wang revealed that HTC has been working on a wearable device for a few years and will finally be ready to bring it to market in time for the holidays this year. A new report from Bloomberg states that HTC will be showing off a prototype unit of the smartwatch to its carrier partners at Mobile World Congress next week. the HTC smartwatch prototype in question is modeled after the Qualcomm Toq comes with fitness tracking capabilities, notifications and media controls from your Android smartphone via Bluetooth and a 200MHz Cortex M3 processor paired with Qualcomm’s own Mirasol touchscreen which actually displays best in direct sunlight. HTC is not planning on showing off its smartwatch to the public at MWC.
Bloomberg’s source says that HTC is also working on two other wearable devices – a second smartwatch based on Google Now and an electronic bracelet which can play music. These two wearables will not be show off to carriers at Mobile World Congress.
The wearable’s category is still pretty new, so HTC does have a good opportunity to step in and grab a significant chunk of the market if the company plays its cards right. the fact that HTC is not rushing to market with another “me-too” wearable or smartwatch is a good indication that the company is being very deliberate with its smartwatch plans.