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HTC M9 flagship and smartwatch to launch at MWC?

Smartwatches are this year’s breakout tech, and it seems that HTC is the latest company to throw its hat into the ring.

Rumours have surfaced suggesting that the Taiwanese manufacturer is planning to launch both a new flagship device and a smartwatch at this year’s Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

The company announced its partnership with fitness giant Under Armour earlier this month, and a smartwatch, with fitness and health monitoring features, is rumoured to be the main result of the deal.

According to Bloomberg, the newest HTC handset, the M9, will become the flagship device for the company. As well as offering a 20.7-megapixel main camera, the device is also expected to have an UltraPixel front snapper, Dolby 5.1 audio and powerful Snapdragon 810 processor – sans overheating issues, we hope. Predictions are also pointing towards the newest iteration, 7.0, of HTC’s Sense UI launching with the device.

The HTC smartwatch, which as yet hasn’t been named, is pegged to be running on Google’s Android Wear OS, as well as featuring heavy integration with Under Armour’s fitness service, so it’s also fair to assume that there will be some Under Armour branding included in the aesthetic of the watch’s design.

The M9 itself is expected to be launched in three colourways, gold, grey and silver, according to rumours.

There’s been no confirmation from any official sources to suggest that HTC will be launching one or even two new devices at MWC, but with rumours this detailed, it’s hard to write them off as hyperbole.

The final nugget of info that the mysterious sources have divulged suggests that the both the M9 and accompanying smartwatch will be launched in March at MWC, which doesn’t leave us very long to wait, and we’re sure that there will be a whole bunch of additional gossip doing the rounds before the company goes official with something.


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