By Stephen Schenck | August 30, 2013 10:55 AM
A little earlier this week, we saw HTC appear to be gearing-up for the release of the Mini+, the follow-up to the Bluetooth handset accessory we first saw released alongside the Butterfly back at the start of the year. It looks like that guy wasn’t alone, and today HTC hosted a little launch event to introduce not only this new Mini+, but a pocket-sized Bluetooth-based tracking device as well, the HTC Fetch.
We learn a little new about the Mini+, but after seeing the product’s page on HTC’s site already, there really wasn’t much left to know. Apparently the Mini+’s remote capabilities will function with HTC’s Media Link HD, and we get word that the handset is set for release sometime this winter.
Fetch is a Bluetooth 4.0 LE fob designed to help you find your phone. You pair it with your smartphone, and then when you’re having trouble locating it, you give Fetch a tap, and it triggers your phone’s ringtone. That feature has a range of up to 45 feet, and Fetch’s (non rechargeable) battery last about six months. You can also set up alerts to automatically sound a warning if your phone and Fetch get too far away, to prevent you leaving your phone out of Fetch’s range. The whole thing reminds us of Nokia and its “Treasure Tag,” only working in reverse.
Also look for a release of Fetch sometime before the year’s out, but HTC is once again light on details. While we don’t have official prices for either, retailers have already started listing the Mini+ for about $80, and Fetch about $40, though those are UK prices and may not reflect the situation everywhere.