HTC has been rumoured to be developing a smartwatch (previously known as the HTC One Wear, but unlikely now that it has dropped the 'One' from its flagship 10 Android phone, and later known as the Petra) since like forever, and we were seriously beginning to wonder whether it would ever actually happen. Now new pictures have emerged that give us fresh hope. Here we round up the HTC Watch UK release date, price and specification rumours. Also see: Best smartwatches 2016.
Since we began this article in 2014, back when the HTC Petra was known as the HTC One Wear, HTC put on hold its smartwatch plans until a time when it had worked out how to pull off a successful smartwatch - no-one had got right the concept just yet, it reportedly said.
And apparently they were all further off than we thought, since it's now late-2016 and we're still waiting. Still, not for much longer...
HTC Watch UK release date rumours: When is the HTC smartwatch coming out?
HTC Watch UK release date: Autumn 2016.
The HTC Watch was thought to be an official companion to the HTC One M9, which was unveiled at MWC 2015. What we actually saw was the HTC Grip - it's HTC's first wearable, but it's not a smartwatch by any measure.
So was the HTC Grip the long-awaited HTC One Wear or HTC Petra? It could be and for now, we honestly don't know.
After months of no news, it seems that the HTC smartwatch is back on the cards and will arrive very soon, according to well-known leaker @evleaks. The February mention implies that it will be announced at MWC 2016, but @evleaks has since confirmed the HTC Watch was pushed back to June, and then again to the autumn. New pictures leaked in October suggest an HTC Watch may indeed be on the cards soon.
HTC fans, you'll finally have One watch to call your own come February.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) December 3, 2015
There's more information from evleaks as he suggests that the HTC watch should be on sale in April.
.@AnthonydFlemons Nope, but the watch should be out mid-April.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 22, 2016
...And later confirmed it had been pushed back to the week commencing 6 June.
...And after yet another delay, we're now looking at an autumn release date.
What a clusterf***: HTC wearable bumped again, to the fall. Hurry up, HTC, before people realize that they don't really need these products.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 27, 2016
HTC Watch UK price rumours: How much will the HTC smartwatch cost?
No pricing has been confirmed for the HTC Watch, which isn't surprising, given that the device itself hasn't been confirmed by HTC. Again, this is where you'll find that information once it is available. We can of course speculate, however.
Originally pegged as a rival to the (then) £199 Motorola Moto 360 and LG G Watch R, it's likely that HTC will pitch it at a similar price. Of course, now with Android and iPhone support, the HTC Watch is also a rival to the iOS-only Apple Watch itself, which costs from £269. HTC will want to undercut Apple on price though, so our money's still on circa-£200.
HTC Watch leaked pictures
Until we see photographic evidence it is difficult to believe new product rumours, no matter how many of them there may have been over the years. It's taken more than two years, but finally we have seen some photos that are supposedly of the HTC Watch.
Unfortunately, the poster has since admitted that the images shown are of a model that has been shelved. However, you could summise that HTC is looking down this path for its fabled smartwatch.
The model shown (leaked on Weibo, via Engadget) reveals the HTC Watch to be a chunky, circular-face smartwatch with Under Armour branding that suggests fitness tracking is paramount. From the images there looks to be a heart-rate scanner and a rubber strap. Too bad this one won't see the light of day.
HTC Watch specification rumours
HTC's Watch is allegedly a 23g smartwatch with a 1.8in (320x160) PMOLED flexible display, which will be available in Teal/Lime or Black/Blue Grey and in small, medium and large sizes. The Watch is also IP57-certified dust- and waterproof.
Rather than Android Wear the HTC Watch is said to run HTC's own RTOS, which means it works with iPhone (iOS 7.0+) as well as Android (KitKat 4.4+).
The HTC Watch may run the ST Micro STM32L151 chipset, support Bluetooth and GPS and charge over USB or POGO pin. The battery should keep going more than three days.
As well as a smartwatch with the standard alarm, timer, stopwatch, music, camera and weather apps the HTC Watch is expected to be a fitness tracker, letting you monitor your sleep and activity. The Watch will also be sold with a footpad that can more accurately measure the number of steps you've taken, which is a drawback of all other fitness trackers.
Of course, these rumours have been collected over several years now, and HTC has had plenty of time to change its mind about the specifics.
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