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First HTC smartwatch expected out alongside M9 phone at MWC

The Taiwanese company’s rookie wearable stab has been a long time coming, and the M9 handheld could vastly improve on its predecessor’s mediocre camera.

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HTC’s smartwatch doubts aren’t easy to comprehend, given Samsung, Motorola, LG and Sony show such great dedication already to the fledgling market. But if Bloomberg’s sources are correct, this hesitancy will be a thing of the past come MWC in early March.

The 2015 Mobile World Congress appearance by the hardship-hit smartphone producer stopped being a secret before the weekend, when HTC boldly teased a “utopian” product announcement. As it turns out, we might be looking at more than one chimerical gadget on display in Barcelona, with the One M9, aka Hima, expected to be chaperoned by a mystery timepiece.

Unfortunately, we’re extremely light on specifics regarding the “One Watch” (just a guess), while the M9 is beginning to gradually pull out its aces up the sleeve. Not all cards are on the table yet, of course, but a number of insiders now hint at an octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chip juicing up the beast.


Another near guarantee – an UltraPixel front-facing camera. Meanwhile, the rear snapper has been shrouded in secrecy since day one, but Bloomberg claims to have that particular scoop too. Gear up for the imaging experience of a lifetime, as 20 megapixels should be crammed inside a phenomenally capable main cam. That’s more like it, HTC!

Now let’s just hope the rest of the key specifications will be in line with these two top-notch tidbits. Dolby 5.1 audio technology is a good start, and so is pre-installed Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7.0 UI on top.

Back to the cryptic M9 Watch (another wild guess), rumor is fitness and health will be the focal points. That suggests a certain degree of affordability, and perhaps a different target audience than “complex”, fancy-pants wearables like the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S or LG G Watch R.

A sensible strategy for a long overdue start, or the ultimate proof HTC has no place in the mobile big leagues anymore? It probably depends on the execution, so let’s wait and see. March 1, remember.

Source: Bloomberg

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