HTC's unannounced smartwatch made a quite cameo in design video

Update July 23: HTC says it's a watch, but not a product that's ever going to be released.

Say it isn't so! HTC may have leaked its smartwatch as early as July 9th as part of a design video highlighting how HTC makes great phones. The unannounced watch, which is shown in the company's official YouTube video, appears at around the 35-second mark and shows off a square watch face more akin to the competing LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live rather than than the radial face of Motorola's Moto 360.

In the video, the watch is shown sitting on a stand. Whether that's for ornamental purposes or if the stand serves a second purpose like the speculated wireless charging feature of the Moto 360 is anyone's guess at this point.

The watch in the video, at least from what we can see of it, looks similar to recent leaks we've seen floating around the Internet, and according to early speculations the HTC-designed timepiece is also expected to run on Google's Android Wear platform.

What do you think of HTC quietly leaking its smartwatch? Are you a fan of the the design, at least from what you can see of it?

Via: HTC Source

 

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Unannounced HTC smartwatch made a quiet cameo in official video

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Or extremely convient when your phone is going off all day long. I oversee 9 restaurants with 250+ people, life is a nice bit easier when I don't have to pull out my phone for almost every call, text or email. Or as it charges in the evening and I don't have to go check it constantly..

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9 Restruants... That's impressive,your doing well.
I have three restaurants but never will i get a smartwatch,even if owned 100 restaurants.
I have a gold Rolex submarina and it looks smarter than any of these pieces of plastic crap.

moved from nexus 5 to HTCm8

In an Italian restaurant, that is really a submarine. It just sounds that way with the accent. "Itsa submarina" Boopidy bop!

You can pull out your phone a million times a day like a mindless drone just to look at something that doesn't require your attention. I'll just quickly glance at my wrist like I'm checking the time and go about my day. I don't talk to my watch. Just having the ability to not look like a drone staring at their phone all day is worth it to me. Quick glance is enough to tell me it is a waste of time to turn phone on and stare at the screen.

A smart watch is just complete NERD ACTIVITY....nothing screams NERD louder than a smart watch! Make sure you already have a really hot girlfriend BEFORE you buy one ......lol!

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So, you live your life based on what others think? If someone else think it is nerd activity you just don't do it because you are afraid of what others think? Wow. That makes you a wimp. A follower who is afraid to do his own thing and lives under the shadow of society. Really ... Man up and do your own thing. Be your own person and stop living your life under everyone else's shadow. I rock whatever I want ... whatever I like ... without care or worry about what everyone else thinks. Why? Because I have my own mind. I'm my own person. Must feel pretty lowly to live like you do. Under everyone else's boot.

And for the record, I have no problem with women. They find confidence a much better trait than geeky gadgets. Nothing shows lack of confidence than not doing something just because of what others think. And when it comes to casual geekness, most think It is cute. You must not be around a lot of women.

Oh noes! I have a smartwatch, I must be a nerd because CHILLYWILL_95831 said so!

Much like numetheus, I'm loving the convenience of the G Watch so far. Does that make me a nerd? Heck, maybe. But my brown station wagon, preference for fountain pens, and vast collection of button-up shirts sealed that deal long before I got a smartwatch.

ps: Guess who developed the phone or tablet that you're posting with. I'll give you a hint. It starts with N, ends with ERDS, and it isn't Terry Bradshaw.

Amen. Rock it! LOL I still am baffled by the "find a really hot girlfriend" comment. Most of the hot girls that I know are with nerdy guys because they are confident and find nerdy guys cute. I have no problem with girls and nerdyness.

Yeah it baffled me as well. I suppose I could have looked for a "really hot girlfriend" before buying my G Watch, but I don't think my wife would have appreciated that.

I totally agree. I still have not found a reason to purchase one of these watches.

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I have grown accustomed to not pulling out my phone a million times a day just to look at something that doesn't require any attention. I find it funny now watching all of these people constantly pulling out their phones like drones. I just quickly glance at my wrist like I'm checking the time and go about my day. If I need to respond, THEN I'll pull my phone out. I don't talk to my phone like Dick Tracy.

Yeah, seems every Wear news article lately is filled with people dissing the concept. Not sure what attracts them to waste time commenting if they're not even remotely interested. For a lot of other people, just having glanceable notifications is a game changer in the way they use their devices.

Enjoying my G Watch too. For $225 it's a good buy in my opinion. I think the 360 is gonna let people down if they think it is going to be more capable than other Android Wear out currently. It looks good, but it isn't absolute.

If the 360 performs as well as the G, it would be worth the switch. The G performs well enough and should only get better as the platform matures but it does look like a small calculator on your wrist. At the very least, the 360 will have more of a classic look.

Now, if the 360 costs $399 or more... then you have to decide what it's worth to you.

If the yep is less than $300 then I am possibly in. It needs to be somewhat of an improvement over the G for me to get it other than the round face I can wai till second gens for that. I can't wait till the fall when we get better watch face options. That's what I am waiting for.

As long as wireless charging actually works and it isn't over $300 it won't be a let down for me! Anyone expecting better battery life or a better display will definitely be disappointed tho, Moto can't possibly source better core components than the companies that make said components to begin with.

I'm personally waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note Android Wear.

I want to take the watch and put it around my neck like Flava Flav and have it constantly display Flava Flav's face with automatic timed backgrounds of all the girls from "Flava of Love".

Then I want two watches each on my wrist, the HTC and Gear on one and of course the Moto 360 and Samsung live on the other. Also, the clock around my neck has to display which girl is calling me from where. All watches will have all 4 time zones displaying so I know which girl is calling from where.

I also want a magical pony that craps money and sneezes Nexi.

That's all I want!

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Kinda looks, from what I can see, like all the others.

WOW me with something HTC.

that commercial is nothing special at all either. Very few care what it is made of, it is a tool and what most want to know is how can it make my life easier? What can it do for me?

Their phone is aesthetically pleasing, but I still took the S5 because it was easier to grip and had a better camera.

I'm excited to see what they have to bring to the table.

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I paused vid n took a screenshot, really looks a lot like Samsung wear-galaxy-live-gear-whateva. That's just what it looked like to me

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HTC desperately needs some wins outside of the smartphone territory, they even kinda slipped away from the tablet market. Hopefully the N8 and whatever else they have coming helps them expand a bit, I'm a big HTC fan.

Currently rocking a Nexus 5 but I enjoyed the 3 HTC phones I had before that and I think they've contributed plenty to the ecosystem as a whole. They need to stop wasting so much R&D in things that won't necessarily pan out tho, like Ultrapixels and the second gimmicky sensor on the M8...

The video proudly proclaims if it isn't necessary they leave it out, they should.

UltraPixels will pan out. And the second sensor isn't gimmicky. You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Educate yourself. .
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No, it really won't, there's been plenty of similar experiments in the past... (just not necessarily on smartphones) Number of pixels vs sensor size is always a balance to an extent, but HTC skewed it much too far in the opposite direction of the current trend and threw far too much marketing hoopla (by HTC standards) behind it.

If they suddenly come out with an 8MP sensor at the same size or bigger it might stand a chance of upstaging other phones, but that's not THAT far off from advanced 1/1.7" P&Scompacts (which currently ttendto hover at around 12MP)... And there's no technical reason they had to start at 4MP.

The second sensor is a gimmick, the DoF blur effects it produces aren't any better than those produced by other phones using a single sensor and multiple exposures or more complicated capture methods... And they're ALL pretty awful to begin with.

HTC's best camera efforts have always been when they stuck to the basics (HTC One X), the Mx Ones are barely a notch above the EVO 3D as far as properly executed concepts go (speaking strictly to the cameras). They're not a sensor company and they don't have a ton of imaging experience, dunno why they keep overreaching.

Nokia's software trickery has been far more interesting but even that has huge drawbacks compared to more traditional approaches.

If not gimmicky, what is it? The best photos taken with one m8 special camera features(I can't remember those names) looks like someone is too bad in PhotoShop. Most of the time it blurs the wrong area.

IMHO, I completely disagree. I usually won't argue this back and forth crap. The "gimmicks", as you guys are calling them(which you clearly have not had the pleasure of handling this camera for more than the time you probably used it in the store), are excellent. The Ufocus and zoom blur are executed flawlessly. I have been taking pics with this phone since April 2nd(yeah I ordered it from AT&T on the 25th). I have never had a camera phone that was more fun editing or taking pics with. I'm not saying it's the"best" camera out there, but let's be honest, unless you're a photographer(like my wife) and have a $1500 camera with a $800 lens you will not be looking at magnificently printed pics. Every snap shooter has their faults. I for one love taking pics of my kids and our days with this phone. So maybe you guys should actually use one before you talk about it.

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I've used one pretty much every other weekend as various family members have one, just for the record, the defocus effects are just bad... Even AC's brief test proved that (in comparison to other flagship phones the One made the most processing errors).

It doesn't take pro grade gear to get much better DoF control from a camera, a tiny $200 Olympus E-PM2 with any fast prime lens ($200 to $350) will achieve a much better effect, tho not exactly pocketable (far far smaller than a DSLR tho).

I'll grant you the effects are probably fun to play with if you've never played with aperture priority mode and fast lenses on a real camera, but they don't hold up well even while viewed on a desktop or high res tablet.

My pics look exquisite while screen casted on my 46" Samsung smart tv! So you don't know what your talking about, desktop, this guy!

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I viewed the video on my HTC One M7, and could not tell what kind of watch that was. How is it that we are 100% certain that is an HTC watch? Can you tell on a bigger screen? I hope it is...

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There sure was a lot of HTC stuff in this Apple commercial......>_>

Posted from my caseless GS5, because I believe in myself

The people have spoken. HTC is done. Tech is always about innovation. A metal build isn't really a good thing for a phone. Boomsound is pretty cool. But it doesn't sound anything like a real stereo. It's a phone. And when a metal phone is that big and has that small of a screen and just wants to fall out of the hand ...it's not comfortable or safe for the phone.

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HTC is far from done.

If they are doing the Nexus tablet, it will put them back into the tablet business. A watch fills out the lineup. They have decent mid range phones.

They are not out of the hospital yet, but they are off of life support.

Oh you are a big old moron aren't you? I mean how stupid are you? You need to bore off.

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He's a moron because he has a different opinion as yours? Half your posts in this article basically consist of "no", "false" and now a personal insult. That adds very little to the discussion, if your aim is to change HTC's perception you're doing a terrible job of it.

A metal build is a pretty subjective thing IMO, so it's pretty hard to argue for or against it. I'll say this tho, metal doesn't necessarily have to mean slippery, but metal is also a huge burden for an OEM in HTC's position (production and machining costs). Metal does get mighty cold in the winter too...

He's got a point about Boomsound, the stereo imaging just isn't there (cause physics)... It still sounds better and louder than any other phone tho, but would probably still manage that with only one front facing speaker. Having only one speaker would also free them up to go smaller or have a larger display with less bezel, a common One complaint.

I agree with NoNexus, HTC will be in much better shape if they can get back into tablets with the N8 while simultaneously making a sexy smartwatch, that's two decent sized ifs tho.

How is 'HTC is done.' an opinion?

Again, really few people care about bezels. I don't know why HTC phones don't sell, but that's certainly not because of bezels.

Every time I show my M8 to coworkers they're like blown away. People just don't know what the phone (even their phone, not specifically talking about one brand), can do.

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It's an opinion about the outlook of the company, it's certainly not a fact, what else would you call it? At least it's not a baseless personal attack from a rabid HTC fanboy.

I'm still not sold on the whole smartwatch thing. So far there's not an app or function that has made me see the watch platform as something truly useful and, I hate to use this word, innovative.

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i bet we'll get a watch that has a 1 inch screen and a 3 inch diagonal. BUT YOU WILL HAVE STEREO BLABLA FRONTSPEAKERS OMG. i personally hate the htc design

(hate comments incoming)

If someone is trolling here it's the guy who literally posted nothing but personal attacks across four or five posts, look in the mirror. Liking HTC doesn't mean you should go around insulting anyone that doesn't, it lowers the level of the discussion and add nothing.

i'm wondering when people will get the fact that stating an opinion is not equal to hate -.-

of course, that such a response because someone like HTC. You know that. We dont need to complaining much. Haters gonna hate

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Well, your original comment was kind of a pointless stab at HTC's recent designs (though I'd agree two speakers really compound their wasted bezel space issue), but that's par for the course and not deserving of a personal attack.

CoryMeetsWorld appears to be a rabid HTC fanboi with no manners tho, he replied with nothing but personal attacks to a dozen comments on this article. AC really needs some moderators around here...

No you are an uneducated pathetic soon mark on society who has no idea what he is talking about and needs to bore off.

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Are you like the filthy version of RichardYarell? Adding nothing to the discussion while posting personal attacks left and right, these comment sections are gonna go downhill fast without moderators.

Pathetic? Please enlighten us with all your knowledge. Other than brainless negative comments you have yet to add any kind of informative comments. I've really only seen one individual that's a moron on here.
>I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.

I've seen you comments. You are such a sorry excuse for a human being and need to bore off.

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I'm sure you must be a bastard, angry at the world. Mother and father didn't give you enough love and fought over who would have to care for you.

>I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.

The way HTC is doing things right now, this is also quietly going to soar by in sales :( (Probably get great reviews, but from the look of the cameo shot, it looks just like LG's watch)

If it offers something unique, like added features when paired with my M8 then I'm interested, otherwise I'll wait for the Moto 360.

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