It doesn’t sound like a fancy, complex smartwatch yet it’s probably not a very rudimentary fitness band either.
The time has come for HTC to take a chance on the fledgling wearable market, serial leaker @upleaks claims. As suspected, the “Petra” is unlikely to go for Apple, Motorola or LG’s jugular. Flexible but not circular, Android-supporting but not Android Wear-running, this aims to bring together the best of both worlds.
Expected out at next month’s Mobile World Congress alongside the flagship One M9 smartphone, the smartband should hit US stores first on its way to a worldwide rollout. The turnaround will be rather swift, rumor has it, suggesting the M9, aka Hima, could also see daylight by the end of Q1, i.e. March.
Then again, maybe HTC isn’t planning to aggressively market the wearable and M9 handheld together. After all, Petra is to be powered by a proprietary RTOS (real-time operating system), and seamlessly sync up to both Android 4.4 and up devices, and iPhones with iOS 7.0 or later onboard.
Focused primarily on health and sports activities, with sleep analysis apps and various fitness trackers, the gizmo dons Bluetooth and GPS functionality, and can supposedly last three days on a single battery charge.
Not too shabby, especially as it features a PMOLED (passive matrix OLED) screen, unlike some entry-level activity trackers, which cut far too many corners in this department. True, Petra’s panel isn’t a resolution champion, with 160 x 32 pixels, but it’s there, and quite large too, at 1.8 inches.
What else? Oh, yeah, even though the band is a featherweight, at 23 grams, it’s water and dust-resistant, plus shock-proof, courtesy of IP57 and MIL-STD-810G, method 516.6 certifications.
In fact, we’re most psyched about the design, as HTC seems to target a very hard-to-achieve balance between slimness, robustness and fashion, with the last part covered by snazzy teal/lime and black/blue gray paint job combinations.
Don’t think raw speed is ignored however, with an ST Microelectronics processor ticking beneath the hood. Let’s just hope HTC also finds a way to price this thing “reasonably”.