The HTC smartwatch is the stuff legends are made of. Rumours of such a device first surfaced all the way back in 2014. It finally looked like HTC might unveil its first wearable earlier this year when HTC CEO Cher Wang boasted that it was working on something that would “turn the industry on its head.” Noted leakster Evan Blass weighed in with a launch date of mid-April only to say later that it had been pushed out “to the fall.” New pictures of a device codenamed Halfbeak now suggest that an HTC smartwatch is indeed getting closer to becoming reality.
The images which surfaced on the Chinese social network Weibo reveal a round smartwatch powered by Google’s Android Wear. It features Under Armour branding, suggesting that it will have emphasize sports and fitness functionality and integrate with the HTC UA HealthBox platform introduced earlier this year. The Halfbeak sports three buttons on the right side of the case, two round ones and one oblong one. A heart monitor also appears to be in the cards for the smartwatch.
Earlier rumours have suggested that the HTC Halfbeak will come with a display with a resolution of 360 by 360 pixels.
With the release of Android Wear 2.0 slipping into early 2017, it is quite possible that HTC will not unveil its first smartwatch until next year.
It is not the first time we’ve heard of the HTC Halfbeak. Rumours of it first surfaced last year. The codename refers to a type of fish. Other manufacturers have also used fish names to refer to their Android Wear smartwatches during development.