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HTC smartwatch and tablet to launch before Christmas

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HTC has confirmed it will launch a smartwatch and tablet before Christmas.

Cher Wang, HTC Chairwoman, has let slip the company’s new products will be available before Santa arrives in December.

According to Wang, the HTC smartwatch will focus on improving the battery efficiency, and will be tethered to a smartphone via Bluetooth.

She also indicated that the smartwatch may be quite the visual specimen, especially in comparison to other smartwatches on the market.

“It’s natural for us to have wearables because we’re a design company,” said Wang in an interview with CNET.

“People think watches are jewels”, she added, explaining that the HTC smartwatch would live up to that design standard.

Hopefully, the HTC smartwatch will take a few design cues from the rather lovely, and critically acclaimed, HTC One.

Previously, HTC CEO Peter Chou said the company was looking into an Android smartwatch with a built-in camera.

This is the second time Wang has stated the HTC smartwatch would launch by Christmas, so we expect there to be a launch later this year.

A separate rumour earlier this month, suggested that a private HTC briefing would be used to show off the company's first smartwatch to mobile operators this week.

Wang also hinted that it made “sense” for HTC to enter into the tablet industry, and is something we could definitely see this year.

HTC launched the HTC Desire 816 and HTC Desire 610 at MWC 2014 this year, focusing on mid0range handsets with a more affordable price tag than the flagship alternatives.

The HTC One 2 is scheduled for a special launch event on March 25 and is expected to arrive with a dual-sensor rear UltraPixel camera.

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