HTC to showcase wearable prototype at Mobile World Congressnanish
HTC is reportedly preparing to showcase the first of a trio of new wearable devices at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Specifically, the Taiwanese manufacturer will show a smartwatch prototype based on Qualcomm’s Toq device according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans as reported by Bloomberg.
Said device will use a Mirasol display and will feature a music player with Bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately, it’s likely that we won’t get a glimpse of the device anytime soon as the source said it would be shown to wireless carriers behind closed doors only.
Elsewhere, HTC is said to be working on another watch that will use Google’s Now service and an AMOLED screen as well as a bracelet that can play music. It’s likely that neither of these devices will be showcased at the show, we’re told.
Earlier this month, HTC chairman Cher Wang said the company is planning to release its first wearable device in time for the holidays. They’re currently working to rectify issues with the display and battery life.
It’s these devices that could help the struggling handset maker get back in the mobile race. Once the leading smartphone provider in the US, the company has since suffered through two straight annual revenue declines. That’s thanks largely in part to Chinese competitors like Xiaomi Corp. who are able to sell handsets for just $100.
A year ago, HTC CEO Peter Chou said wearables were critical for the company but they had to figure out how to make one that wasn’t gimmicky and met a need.