The device is still expected to be something that will be worn on the wrist, though it is not going to be a smartwatch.
Ever since it was revealed that HTC has been working on a wearable technology device, the assumption has been that it would be unveiling some form of smartwatch at CES, but it doesn’t look like that will be the case, at all.
Speculations have been swirling for some time now, but it still looks as though the wearables will be wrist-worn.
According to a spokesperson from HTC, the first piece of wearable technology from the smartphone manufacturer based in Taiwan is going to be launched within the first quarter of next year. That said, the spokesperson made it clear that regardless of all of the speculations that would suggest that this mobile device is going to be released in the form of a smartwatch, that is not going to be the case.
HTC reiterated its intentions to create a wearable technology device but that it was taking longer than expected.
At that time, the device had been due to be launched, but Jason Mackenzie, the head of HTC America, explained that it simply wasn’t ready and so the unveiling was, therefore, being delayed. Now, HTC has said that in January, when the CES takes place, the company will be ready with its new wearables to be seen by the public for the first time.
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The spokesperson also explained that this new mobile device is going to be “very different from anything currently on the market.” That said, many technology companies have said that about their own devices which have only proven to be a disappointment in terms of their lack of originality when compared to other gadgets that are already on the market shelves. The tech world will need to see for itself whether or not HTC is able to stand out in a rapidly growing category where it is becoming increasingly different to do anything new.
HTC has also revealed that it will be working “closely with other companies who have done significant work in developing apps for activities such as fitness.” This suggests that the wearable technology device may be comparable to a fitness band as opposed to the smartwatch design that had previously been expected.