HTC to launch a wearable device (smartwatch?) by the end of 2014

HTC hopes to turn its dwindling fortunes this year, but it won’t try to do that just by releasing new smartphones - like the long-rumored M8 / HTC One 2.

According to Bloomberg, which had a chat with two top HTC execs (CFO Chang Chialin and Chairman Cher Wang), the Taiwanese company will also bet on a wearable device and a fresh focus on marketing.

The first HTC wearable device should be commercially available before Christmas 2014. Reportedly, the company “started looking at smartwatches and wearables” many years ago. But it’s only now that it solved problems related to battery and “the LCD light.” HTC didn’t say if its first wearable product would be a smartwatch. But it probably is anyway. Speaking of which, the smartwatch seen on the left is not real, it’s a concept made by designer Eliott Copier.

Sony and Samsung are already deeply involved in the smartwatch market. Apple could also launch a smartwatch, dubbed iWatch, later this year. So it won’t be easy for HTC to succeed in this market. Even so, Chang Chialin declared that the company felt “positive and optimistic about 2014 when compared to 2013.”

Of course, before seeing any wearable devices from HTC, the company should officially announce its new M8 smartphone - this may happen before the end of February. We'll see then if HTC is off to a good start this year.

source: Bloomberg via Engadget, HTC smartwatch concept

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11 Comments

1. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

Wearables doesn't excite me as much.

7. Orbitman

Posts: 110; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

that's what she said

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Is it chairman or chairwoman?

3. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

It always was chairman but feminist claim that's sexist. So now it's "Chairperson" officially in the west. But I assume Taiwan still has common sense so it's still Chairman. Since both Man and WOman are man (the species).

4. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Where do they get their money from? Its going bad for the smartphones.... aren't they losing too much to go for the watch?

5. clarkjeferson

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 22, 2013

HTC EVO Watch? He|| yeah!

8. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I miss my evo!

6. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

If the watch is anywhere as elegant as the HTC One I'd wear one. Black, silver, or gold will do.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

HTC can't solve quality control problems on much bigger smart phones, are we supposed to believe that they can actually solve battery and LCD problems on a smart watch...

11. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Stop hating, Man!

10. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

"Sony and Samsung are already deeply involved in the smartwatch market." Samsung? So now I guess every company that has more than 1 smartwatch is deeply involved...

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