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HTC's Android Wear watch emerges in a photo leak

The Under Armour-badged timepiece would focus on the fitness crowd.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 9, 2016
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HTC has had on-again, off-again plans for a smartwatch for years, but it looks like something is finally starting to materialize. A Weibo user has posted what are claimed to be photos of the "Halfbeak," an in-development Android Wear smartwatch that only recently surfaced in a Phandroid rumor. As you might surmise from the Under Armour branding, this would be all about fitness -- you'd get a heart rate sensor, a rubber strap and other exercise-friendly design touches.

It's not certain what HTC would do to spice up Halfbeak's software, if anything. However, previous reports had it using a 360 x 360 circular display (no flat tire, thankfully) that you can clearly see here. The big question is when the smartwatch would ship, provided it's still on track for a release (Update: the image poster claims the exact model we see here was a project that has since been shelved). It's easy to imagine HTC going forward with this similar wristwear, mind you. The company's finances still aren't in great shape, and a smartwatch could help establish its name among customers who currently have no interest in buying an HTC phone.

HTC Halfbeak

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