The leaked render suggests HTC has opted for a simple design for its first smartwatch, unlike its high-quality Android smartphone lineup.
HTC has been rumored to be working on a smartwatch, and prolific leakster evleaks has outed an image claiming to show an artist reproduction of the watch, which will be based on Android Wear, Google’s wearables platform.
We don’t always see artist reproductions of upcoming devices, so the leaked image could very well be a fake, even though evleaks claims it is a 100 percent faithful reproduction. If that is indeed the case, then quite a few folks will be disappointed that HTC decided to make a watch with a square design, instead of a rounded one like the highly anticipated Moto 360, though the styling of the watch band seems to take after classic watch bands and might be the saving grace for some.
The image suggests that the watch will have some flavor of HTC Sense, the proprietary skin the company uses on its Android phones. However, it’s possible what we’re looking at is nothing more than a watch face, as Google has said that it won’t be allowing manufacturers to make any changes to Android Wear. Overall, the watch doesn’t look very impressive, especially when compared to the Moto 360, but it will likely leave Samsung and LG’s Android Wear offerings in the dust in terms of overall build quality and feel, if HTC’s track record in smartphones is anything to go by.