By Stephen Schenck | February 20, 2014 10:52 AM
Plenty of mobile companies have been sending out invites to their MWC events, where over the next week or so, they’ll share their latest smartphones, tablets, and wearable gadgets. Then there’s HTC, which may be preparing to launch The All New One, but not quite yet – the company’s late March event is still over a month away. Does that mean that we’ve no hope of learning about any new HTC gear at MWC? Don’t count the company out just yet, as a new report claims that HTC may bring a whole bunch of wearables to the show – the only question is whether or not we’ll get to see any.
Supposedly, HTC has three new wearables it’s been developing. One is claimed to be a smartwatch based on the Qualcomm Toq. As you might remember, the big deal with Toq (above) was the watch’s low-power interferometric display, but the hefty $350 price tag sort of soured the device for us. Hopefully, HTC’s take on it would manage to do something about the price, while also helping to flesh-out the software side of things.
Beyond that, HTC’s reportedly working on another smartwatch, and specifically one that takes heavy advantage of Google Now. It could also have something along the lines of a music-playing bracelet, though details are very sparse.
Now here’s the wrinkle: don’t count on any MWC announcements of this hardware, even if some might be present. The Toq-based smartwatch may be demonstrated privately for carriers and other industry partners, but a public unveiling is not expected. And as for the other two, HTC may not even bring them along. That’s unfortunate, but we won’t let it get us down; the idea of an HTC smartwatch is incredibly promising (especially a voice-activated Google Now watch) and we suppose we can wait a little to get the full story on these guys.