HTC has announced its first wearable device and no, unlike what many of us were expecting, it is not a smartwatch. Going by the name of ‘Grip’, we’re dealing with a pretty mundane fitness tracker here, and definitely not something that HTC followers were looking for. It seems that Huawei has a much better understanding of the wearable market, while HTC is just being careful with the first steps it takes.
The HTC Grip, if you look at it above, seems like a pretty familiar fitness tracker, featuring the same design lines as many devices that are already present on the market. I guess that HTC is just playing it safe, since it’s their first foray into the wearables market. And by the looks of it, it’s not that bad, after all.
The device seems to be the product of HTC’s deal with Under Armour and will this synchronize with the UA app. Accurate tracking seems to be the main selling point of the device, as HTC informs us that it has combined GPS with a pedometer to achieve it. But battery doesn’t seem to be a great feature, since it will get depleted in just five hours if you will keep using the GPS tracking feature. If you will turn it off, the you will get a ‘couple of days’, says HTC.
The fitness tracker comes with a “multi-sport mode” which can track various activities from running to cycling. The HTC Grip is launching for US consumers only this spring, for now. It will be available for a price of $199 and maybe you could consider it when buying the new HTC One M9.