Look out Samsung, HTC plans camera-equipped smartwatch for 2014

by: Bogdan PetrovanOctober 22, 2013
Samsung Galaxy Gear concept

Smartwatch concept

HTC is down but not out: the Taiwanese phone maker is planning to give the Samsung Galaxy Gear some serious competition with a smartwatch of its own.

Just days after CEO Peter Chou revealed in an interview that HTC has the blossoming wearable device market in its sights, a report from Bloomberg provides a few details on HTC’s first smartwatch.

Citing a person familiar with the matter, the report says the smartwatch will feature a camera and run a version of Android, just like the Galaxy Gear developed by Samsung. HTC wants to have the smartwatch in stores “by the second half of 2014”, but details about the device’s cost and functionality are still on the table.

Peter Chou said last week that HTC is “excited about” wearable technology, which is a “critical segment” for the company. However, Chou dismissed the wearable devices currently on the market, calling them “version one” and “gimmicks”.

While HTC’s CEO didn’t call out any competitors, the most prominent wearable device currently on the market is Samsung’s Galaxy Gear. The Gear, which works as a companion to Samsung devices, features a 1.6-inch display and a 1.9MP camera, and runs a modified version of Android 4.2. Since it launched last month, reviewers have panned the Gear for its limited functionality, high $300 price tag, and janky operation.

HTC is in dire need of a turnaround, having just recorded its first quarterly loss as a public company. It remains to be seen if wearable devices, a nascent category of products, will provide a boost to its bottom line.

  • Rajkumar

    I am happy as long as price is with in the reach of an ordinary consumer

    • Groud Frank

      And it doesn’t just work with HTC phones.

      • Amine Elouakil

        Last I checked, The One is cheaper than the S4 and with a higher capacity internal storage, I’m sure it will be priced under the galaxy gear unless it brings something new (expensive technology) to the table

        • Rajkumar

          In india galaxy gear is a bit costlier than 16gb version of Lg Nexus…

          • Amine Elouakil

            The gear is priced higher thant N4 everywhere around the world

          • Rajkumar

            See thats what i am speaking about. The price of these has to come down significantly for the avrrage consumer to be able to use them

          • Amine Elouakil

            I agree, 100-200€ is most to pay for these

  • Bender

    Well it can’t be worse or bigger than Samsung’s joke.

    • nebsif

      It can be made of titanium or something fancy, but as a trade off u’ll have a 0.5 ultra pixel camera, and it will be 2x thicker with 2x smaller display than gear. herp derp.

      Disclaimer: IMO gear is an overpiced POS

  • Luka Mlinar

    It all falls down to how often do you need to charge it. Smart watch is a cool thing but the best thing about watches is that you don’t need to charge them, ever. One of these days ill need to plug my socks to a micro USB charger.

    • adam evans

      Agreed , that was my first thought, I don’t need to have something else to charge !

      Also looks are equally important with a watch

  • Rushan

    Just assume this news from the opposite way. How many ‘copy cat’ terms would be used in the comment section.

  • Luc berry

    I like the idea of having several options to consider to get a smartwatch. I was actually thinking about getting the galaxy gear because it could be a good addition to my phone but it’s good to know other simila devices are coming out on the market. I love this stuff, I own many gadgets and I do spend money on technology that’s why I’ve been looking for some tools that could help me to manage better my investments and I started using unioncy.com where I’m currently adding every puchase I make.