HTC’s chairperson, Cher Wang, has said in an interview with US news agency Bloomberg the company will be releasing a smartwatch before the end of the year. Smartwatches are one of the hottest new tech trends, with gadgets from Samsung and Sony already available in stores now. Online, the popular Pebble smartwatch has a considerable fanbase, and has recently gained its own dedicated app store.
According to HTC, it has been working on a smartwatch for several years, but wasn’t prepared to release a product which didn’t solve one of the most common problem areas for the devices: long battery standby time when using a colour LCD screen. The Pebble avoids this by shunning colour for a black and white e-paper screen, so it returns more than a week of use, but the colour display on the Galaxy Gear sees the battery life reduced to a few days at the most.
Cher Wang said these problems made current smartwatches unappealing to customers, and by saying it would soon be releasing a model of its own, HTC has hinted it has made considerable improvements in standby time. So when can we expect an HTC smartwatch? We’re not exactly sure, but apparently, the company wants it on sale before the run-up to Christmas this year.
Sadly, no specifications were provided, and with many months to go before the watch could potentially hit the shops, it’s unlikely the details have been finalised. In the meantime, we have the HTC One sequel to look out for, which is rumoured for announcement near the end of March.