HTC is due to launch a smartwatch, known as the HTC One Wear, potentially this afternoon. Here we explain everything there is to know about the HTC One Wear, including release date, price and specs. Also see: Best smartwatches 2014.
Earlier this week Evleaks showed an artist's reproduction of the HTC One Wear (shown above). This is neither an actual photo or a faithful reproduction, according to HTC, but the company has confirmed that it is indeed working on a smartwatch.
In common with its smartphone line-up, which includes plastic devices such as the HTC One E8 and metal HTC One M8, TK Tech News says the HTC One Wear will be available in polycarbonate and metal versions.Also see thefuture of wearable techand thefuture of smartwatch apps.
We think this means the HTC One Wear will feature a combination of metal and plastics, perhaps with a metal clock face and a plastic strap. Indeed, TK Tech News shared the below image via its Instagram feed that clearly shows both metal and plastic. Of course, this is just a prototype device and the image shows only part of the HTC One Wear.
TK Tech News also posted an image taken from the HTC One Wear's box (main image), and a grab of some of its app icons - in Chinese, but these can be translated to File Manager, Music and Remote Camera.
The HTC One Wear will run Android Wear, Google's Android OS for smartwatches. Also see: What is Android Wear?
HTC One Wear release date
TK Tech News claims the HTC One Wear will launch in late August/early September. With the Motorola Moto 360 expected to launch in June at Google I/O, and go on sale soon after in July, this will make it a latecomer to the smartwatch party.
HTC is today holding an event in New York City (3pm UK time) in which it is expected to unveil the HTC One M8 Windows Phone (or HTC One W8). It's possible HTC could also use this event to launch the HTC One Wear.
The UK HTC press team claims to know nothing of the event, however, which isn't good news for those of us this side of the pond.
Bookmark this article and we'll let you know after 3pm whether the HTC One Wear has made an appearance.
HTC One Wear price UK
No pricing has been confirmed for the HTC One Wear, which isn't surprising, given that the device itself hasn't been confirmed by HTC.
However, now owned by Lenovo rather than Google, there is no reason to suggest Motorola's forthcoming Moto 360 (against which the HTC One Wear is pitted) should offer better value than rival smartwatches. Indeed, while the LG G Watchis expected to come in around £180, Motorola's Moto 360 is rumoured by Le Journal du Geek to cost €249 (around £200). Expect the HTC One Wear to be available at a similar price around the £200 mark.
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