With the hype of the latest HTC One M9 at its peak in the build up to Mobile World Congress, the Taiwanese company use this opportunity to surprise some of the most influential media with a flagship product, the HTC Grip, a wrist worn wearable.
Being the first wearable released by HTC it was necessary that they came in with a bang, after all, wearable devices have been on the market for quite some time now. So what does it bring us?
At a first glance the HTC Grip resembles the popular Nike Fuelband with a sleek thin body and dull almost unnoticeable display built onto the face. However, although it may appear nothing more than a fitness band, the HTC Grip should be thought of more as a smartwatch as it goes beyond merely tracking your physical output.
The Grip’s build is extremely rugged to make it durable for all harsh training conditions. It has a sharp neon yellow colour on its inner rim, which we’ve all associated with HTC in the past that measures a users daily output including walking, running, cycling and sleep. The device can boast up to 2.5 days of battery life making it very acceptable in today’s world where gadgets are always running out on us.
The more advanced features of the HTC Grip include its ability to integrate with the users smartphone, displaying calls and texts notifications as they come in. There’s also a built in GPS system. That rugged build which was mentioned earlier also allows the Grip to be submerged in up to 3ft of water for up to 30mins.
Thanks to HTC’s new partnership with American sportswear company Under Armour, the Grip band is compatible with both iOS and Android via the Under Armour Record App. Sale of the HTC Grip is planned for Spring 2015.
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