HP to launch luxury smartwatch later this year
HP has confirmed that it will launch a luxury smartwatch later this year, in partnership with retailer Gilt and designer Michael Bastian.
There’s been a recent explosion of smartwatches on the market of late, particularly of the Android Wear variety – think LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live.
Now HP has revealed it is stepping into the area, partnering with Gilt and US designer Michael Bastian for a rather more luxury affair.
This Android and iOS compatible (yes, you read that right) smartwatch will feature a circular 44mm face with a steel design.
It’ll apparently come with swappable wrist bands – black rubber, brown leather, olive green nylon and a limited edition black version.
The overall design by Bastian is supposed to imitate the interior of a luxury car, namely the dashboard.
HP is handling all the internal technology, although it is not clear what operating system it will run on as yet. It will let you receive smartphone notifications, offer music controls and other updates.
It will have inlaid button controls and can be synched with your phone via a special app. This will apparently let you tweak the user interface and customise the modes and features offered on the HP smartwatch.
Apparently this currently unnamed smartwatch will be rleased in the autumn, with pricing details yet to be announced.
Until then, you can sign up for notifications on this rather exciting smartwatch via the Gilt website.
Read more: What is Android Wear? A guide to Google’s smartwatch OS