We’ve been waiting for word on when HTC would be entering the wearable technology market after HTC chairman Cher Wang spoker earlier this month about the company doing just that. Well, if a report from Bloomberg is anything to go by, HTC might be taking the dive as soon as next week at MWC 2014 with HTC to announce three wearable devices at their press conference.
The most interesting wearable mentioned in the report is a smartwatch that is expected to make use of Qualcomm’s Mirasol screen technology. That’s the same Mirasol technology that we saw utilized on the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch late last year and it was lauded for its colour screen and ability to last almost a week on a single battery charge. For those who aren’t aware, a Mirasol screen is not unlike the e-ink screens you see on classic Kindle devices, only Qualcomm updated the idea with colour. If HTC’s new smartwatch uses the Toq as its inspiration, it would definitely be a formidable entry into the smartwatch market, though I hope they don’t also adopt Qualcomm’s inspiration for pricing.
The other two wearables allegedly to be announced at MWC 2014 include a wearable that heavily incorporates the use of Google Now, quite like the Nexus smartwatch that we’ve been expecting, and an “electronic bracelet that plays music”. If HTC really does announce all of these next week in Barcelona, it would put them in a prime position to reclaim some of their former glory.
What do you think about HTC announcing three new wearables at MWC 2014: would you be interested in one if it turns out like the Qualcomm Toq? Let us know what you think in the comments below.