HTC To Release Its Smartwatch Next Year

After months of rumors and speculations, Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC still hasn't officially unveiled its smartwatch. However, that may soon change as reputable tipster Evan Blass, who also goes by a more familiar name @evleaks, mentioned that HTC fans will finally have their 'One' watch this coming February.

According to reports, HTC's long rumored smartwatch is also known now as Petra, and it will also use the HTC One branding, which has been the company's signature for most of its devices, making its naming scheme a bit confusing to most people.

Reports suggest that the HTC Petra features a 1.8-inch PMOLED flexible display and weighs about 23 grams. It will be available in two colors: Teal/Lime and Black/Blue. It's also IP57-certified, giving it a proof against dust and water.

Furthermore, the HTC 'Petra' won't be running the ever familiar Android Wear by Google. Instead, HTC's smartwatch will run on its proprietary RTOS, making it capable of pairing with smartphones on different platforms including Android 4.4 KitKat and iOS 7.0 and above. As far as the hardware specifications go, it will reportedly run on the ST Micro STM32L151 chipset, it will support Bluetooth and GPS, and it can charge over a USB or POGO pin. The battery life should be able to make it more than 3 days as well.

The HTC Petra will also be able to function as a fitness tracker aside from the functions of a regular smartwatch that comes with an alarm, timer, stopwatch, music, camera and other apps. It will be able to monitor the user's sleep and activities, and it will be sold with a footpad to make it a more accurate pedometer.

If the tweet by Blass holds true, the HTC Petra will likely launch in February, which makes it less than 3 months until HTC faithfuls see the company's smartwatch. However, there is still no official pricing, seeing that the device itself isn't official as of yet.

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