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New HTC Smartwatch Info Leaks
Wearable Tech World Feature Article
February 20, 2014
New HTC Smartwatch Info Leaks
By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer

It’s been a big week for Taiwanese tech manufacturer HTC (News - Alert). Shortly after the company released an official reveal date, March 25, for its new flagship smartphone, details of its long-rumored smartwatch have surfaced. Currently just a prototype, the device is said to be the first of three planned wearable devices from HTC and will make an appearance at Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) next week.

Despite the fact that it hasn’t even unofficially made an appearance yet, there’s still a fair amount of rumored information floating around about the smartwatch. For starters, Bloomberg has reported that the prototype will be based on Qualcomm’s (News - Alert) Toq, itself a smartwatch prototype unveiled in December. This suggests that HTC’s as-yet-unnamed smartwatch may feature a Mirasol display.

Mirasol is Qualcomm’s own reflective display technology that offers a power advantage of up to six times over LCD and OLED displays. This is because, rather than using a backlight, Mirasol takes advantage of ambient light in the environment, making it able to stay on indefinitely without massively affecting the battery life of a device.

It’s also been reported that HTC’s smartwatch will boast wireless charging capabilities, as well as the ability to handle calls, music, calendar data and even text messaging, though to a limited extent.

If this all proves true, HTC should have a decent chance in the fledgling wearable tech space as it should be far more advanced that competing offerings from Sony and Samsung (News - Alert). Meanwhile, it will boast a color display while still being able to offer battery life that rivals the Pebble Smartwatch and its E Ink display. More importantly, it could lead to wider availability of Mirasol and similar low-power display technologies.

As for HTC’s other two wearable devices, the first is expected to leverage Google (News - Alert) Now in a significant way, while the other is being described as an “electronic bracelet that plays music.”  

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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