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HTC To Unveil Wearable At CES – But It Won’t Be A Smartwatch

Michael Moore joined TechWeek Europe in January 2014 as a trainee before graduating to Reporter later that year. He covers a wide range of topics, including but not limited to mobile devices, wearable tech, the Internet of Things, and financial technology.

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Company spokesperson confirms some kind of HTC wearable device will be at Las Vegas in January

HTC has revealed its first wearable device will finally see the light of day at the CES show in Las Vegas in January – however, it will not be a smartwatch.

Speaking to Venturebeat, a company spokesperson confirmed that HTC is planning to showcase a wearable at the show, but it would be something “very different to anything currently on the market”.

The spokesperson also said that HTC would be working closely with a range of companies who have established pedigrees in developing apps for activities such as fitness, signalling that the device could be a health-focused device similar to Microsoft’s recently-announced Fitness Band.

Whatever it is, the device will not be launched at CES, but should appear later in 2015.

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HTC has been considering a wearable launch for some time, with the company’s chairwoman Cher Wang saying in February that it would be one of the areas the company would look to boost in order to boost its flagging fortunes going forward.

Later that month at Mobile World Congress, the company reportedly showed off some prototypes in secret, with Wang saying that a device would be made available by Christmas.

HTC has faced a drop in device sales over recent months, as its smartphones face increasing competition in a packed marketplace. Wearables could therefore be a key part of encouraging growth, and could involve a partnership with Google as seen recently for the release of the Nexus 9 tablet.

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