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HTC Grip Under Armour-powered fitness tracker delayed until late 2015

HTC has announced its Under Armour-powered HTC Grip fitness wristband will not arrive until later this year.

The $200 wearable was launched in April as the first device in a partnership with Under Armour and was scheduled for a spring 2015 outing. However, it will now be held back and released alongside a larger portfolio of health and fitness devices.

It also seems,when the Grip does eventually arrive, it’ll be much changed from the wearable HTC first previewed at MWC in March.

HTC’s statement (via Engadget) suggests the ‘extensive wear testing and user feedback’ had deemed the Grip unsuitable to release in its initial guise.

After extensive wear testing and user feedback, we have decided to align GRIP with the entire product portfolio for health and fitness launching later this year,” the spokesperson wrote.

“This will be a state-of-the-art comprehensive portfolio of products for this category powered by UA RECORD.”

So, while the original may never make it, a better wearable under the same name is still likely to arrive this year.

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Announced in Barcelona, the original featured a large Plastic AMOLED display that promised a battery-efficient device with great ergonomics that curved to the upper half of the wrist.

It had built-in GPS as well as all of the usual step-tracking and calorie burning tech. What we’ll see when the Grip eventually makes it to market remains unclear. Let’s hope the wait for HTC’s first wearable device is worth it.

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