Back in 2014, the tech world was graced with news that the Taiwanese OEM, HTC, would be unveiling a smartwatch, but it was unfortunately delayed… for two years. But based on a leak from reliable leaker, Evan Blass, those eagerly waiting for it may not have to wait for much longer (hopefully). Sources say that HCT will be unveiling it’s first smartwatch in April. Details are scarce about this device; from what we can tell, it’s going to be an Android Wear powered wearable with a circular screen at 350 x 350 pixels, and… that it’s a watch. Other than that, everything is left to our imaginations.
This news topic is both small and large. While this is a rather small leak, it holds some substantial weight below the surface. For starters, this makes another make-or-break device for the struggling company; along with the HTC One M10. With the wearable market flourishing, and OEM’s like Samsung, LG and Huawei producing some stellar smartwatches, all eyes will be on HTC to produce a relevant and compelling smartwatch. Not only that, but it raises the question: was this delay more of a good thing than a bad thing? The wearables market has come light years since 2014. Back then, there was little interest in smartwatches was there wasn’t much of a NEED for a smartwatch. Not only that, but OEM’s had to trot new territory and create devices for such an undiscovered market. But nowadays, the wearables market is in a completely different place than it was back two short years ago; this is reinforced by Qualcomm’s launching of the first made-for-wearables SoC, the Snapdragon Wear 2100. Releasing a smartwatch in this day and age may be a good move for HTC, not only because the wearables market is growing, but because there aren’t too many big OEM’s producing competing products. The HTC watch might even have that new Qualcomm Wear SoC.
The mobile world is lying in wait for HTC’s smartwatch along with the One M10 (myself among them), so this is a crucial couple of months for HTC. Waiting is already proving to be a good decision, as the M10 is going to launch far away from the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. Hopefully choosing now to launch its smartwatch is all part of HTC’s master plan to make a comeback.