Rumor: HTC Android Wear smartwatch in the works with a round display
Nearly a year after HTC’s original smartwatch was expected to hit the market, a new rumor claims that HTC is working on a new Android Wear device. Back in 2014, HTC announced that was working on wearable devices that were to launch during the 2014 holiday season. It never happened. HTC claimed that it didn’t want to deliver a “me-too” smartwatch which didn’t offer anything truly unique.
If the new rumor is correct, HTC may soon be ready to officially step into the Android Wear arena.
- HTC is working on an Android Wear smartwatch, codenamed Halfbeak.
- HTC Halfbeak will feature a 360 x 360 pixel round display
It’s no secret that HTC has been working on wearable devices for quite some time. HTC announced that it was working on a smartwatch in 2014 and the company also announced the HTC Grip at Mobile World Congress this year. Since then, HTC’s original smartwatch plans were scrapped and the HTC Grip’s is currently being reworked to align “with the entire product portfolio for health and fitness launching later this year.”
With HTC’s partnership with Under Armour, the Grip would have cold well as a fitness tracker. But we thing HTC has bigger ambitions. There’s no reason why the HTC Grip couldn’t be a full-fledged Android Wear smartwatch which caters to an active lifestyle – similar to the Moto 360 sport. The HTC Halfbeak and it’s circular display would likely feature a Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. But it’s hard to say if it will feature additional functionality which will allow it to stand out from the competition.