News by Luke Jones on Sunday March 01, 2015.
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HTC postponed its smartwatch plans last year, and it seems the company is continuing to wait it out in launching a true smart wearable. Instead, the Taiwanese brand used its MWC event to announce its first wearable, a fitness tracker. HTC has been rumored for a couple of months to be launching a wearable at the expo in Barcelona and the company's recent deal with Under Armour suggested a fitness tracker would be the product launched.Called the HTC Grip, the new wearable falls into the Microsoft Band school of being good at what it does, but still a little disappointing in the grander picture of the smartwatch market. The Under Armour deal served as a pointer to what HTC was working on, and the sports company's Under Armour Record is powering the HTC Grip. The model being showed off at MWC is not fully functional and does not even connect to smartphones properly, so testing it was really out of the question. Aesthetically the Grip looks good, but honestly is interchangeable with a number of fitness bands we have seen. It is probably a similar story with functionality, with the Grip unlikely to bring anything new to the party. We would have to wait for a closer look to confirm that of course.
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