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Wearables: HTC Finally Joins the Club

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Published on : Mar 02, 2015

Taiwan based smartphone and tablet manufacturer HTC has finally ventured into the field of wearable technology with its first ever fitness tracker called Grip. It was earlier speculated that the company would release an Android based smartwatch. However, HTC released a wearable that has a GPS enabled fitness tracker. The Grip follows a form factor that is similar to Microsoft’s Band, thereby giving it similar looking features. 

The Grip will be released together with partner Under Armor, which is an America based sports apparel and accessories manufacturing company. Under Armor’s UA Record system will be helping the company in keeping a track of fitness activities such as running and many other workouts.

The exterior surface of the Grip is black with a matte finish. The interior, on the other hand, is a vibrant and fluorescent cushion. It is this feature of the cushion which gives the band its name Grip.  The HTC band is embedded with five varied sensors. This includes the GPS which will help in recording distance, route, calories burned, and pace. 

The Taiwanese smartphone company states that the smartwatch Grip has a back up of two and a half days when the GPS is not in use and only five hours when the tracking sensor is switched on. HTC, unlike its rivals, does not include a sensor that monitors the heart rate of the wearer. Instead of the that, Grip allows the pairing of other external devices with the help of Bluetooth. 

Chief executive officer of HTC Peter Chou stated that Grip will help train the wearer in the same manner a team of professional trainers would coach the wearer. 

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