HTC is making waves at the Mobile World Congress, the biggest event of mobiles and gadgets which is being held in Barcelona. It has unveiled a new smartphone, the HTC One M9. The company has also made its entry in the virtual reality space with Vive, a VR headset developed in partnership with Valve Software. The first wearable device, developed by HTC has been unveiled at this event. HTC Grip is not your expected Android Wear smartwatch. It is different than the others as it is a GPS-enabled fitness tracker.
HTC has partnered with Under Armour so that its UA Record system can be used to track the runs and different other workouts.
What to Expect from HTC Grip?
The HTC Grip has a curved display, a colorful band with matte black finish. It looks a hybrid of the Microsoft Band and FuelBand 2 from Nike. There are five sensors in the band which will track your workouts. GPS is integrated in the band. As you turn on the GPS, the band will record your distance, route, your speed and the calories you burn. When GPS is on, you can expect the battery to last around five hours.
Since it has been seen that heart rate monitors often can be a weakness for wrist-worn trackers, it is better that the HTC Grip doesn’t have an inbuilt hear-rate monitor. The Grip instead is compatible with a variety of external monitors when Bluetooth is used.
There is a “multi-sport mode,” which can track different activities which include cycling, running, etc. It can track your progress and provide you with fitness advice from experts on the way. The CEO of HTC, Peter Chou, said “simply put, Grip will train you as if you have a team of professional experts coaching you the entire time, and it is very fun.”
However, the band is not for everyone. It is targeted towards serious athletes who are completely into their fitness routine and exercises. Robin Thurston, head of Under Armour’s digital fitness business, said “I’m not saying it’s for everyone. It’s for a specific part of the market.”
Grip is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The fitness tracker will be available in two colors- lime and deep teal. You can choose from three different sizes. Expect to get your hands on the HTC Grip by this spring at a cost of $199.
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