HTC first announced its intention to enter the wearables space back in 2013 when then-CEO Peter Chou described wearables as “a critical segment for us.” What followed was a year and a half of rumours with many promising the imminent launch of an HTC smartwatch and nearly as many announcing that the device was cancelled. HTC finally unveiled its first wearable, the HTC Grip, at Mobile World Congress 2015. Sadly, it has yet to make it to market and may well have been cancelled. The latest indications are that HTC will unveil new wearables sometime in 2016. The usually reliable and only partially retired @evleaks today tweeted that HTC will indeed do so. According to him, HTC will unveil a smartwatch (the HTC One smartwatch perhaps?) in February.
HTC fans, you'll finally have One watch to call your own come February.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) December 3, 2015
It’s not clear if this HTC One watch will be the rumoured HTC Halfbreak. If it is, early signs suggest that it will be powered by Android Wear and will sport a round display with a resolution of 360 by 360 pixels. If so, perhaps it will look like the HTC One Watch 2015 concept designed by Hasan Kaymak.
It just so happens that Mobile World Congress 2016 is set to take place February 22nd to 25th. Perhaps HTC will finally make its long-awaited entrance on the wearables stage then.
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