HTC has been hinting for some days now that it had a surprise announcement to make at its March 1 event. True to its word, it has managed to surprise pundits by announcing the launch of a fitness tracker called HTC Grip. The HTC Grip is a sleek device with a monochrome curved LED touchscreen that aims to be the go all when it comes to tracking your fitness activities. We take a look at the key features of this fitness wearable, its complete tech specs and availability.
HTC Grip Features
The HTC Grip is a complete fitness tracker that is designed to measure speed, distance and calories burned when you work out both indoors and outdoors. It is also capable of recording your light and deep sleep activities and offer inputs on developing a regular sleep pattern. You can connect the fitness wearable to an Android or iOS app to monitor, track and sync your activities and challenge friends on social networks.
For this purpose, HTC has collaborated with Under Armour Record. The HTC Grip will synchronize performance data with Under Armour’s UA Record so you can access all your training analytics effortlessly. You will also be able to receive updates from professional athletes, nutritionists, trainers, and social contacts to keep you inspired and motivated in accomplishing your personal fitness goals.
When you’re cycling, hiking, or jogging outdoors, the built-in GPS will track your activities and calories burned and you can then sync it to your smartphone when you get back home. If you want to stay connected to the phone even during workouts, you can use the device to control your phone right from within your wrist. For instance, you can check out call notifications, view and reply to messages as well as control your music playlists.
The HTC Grip is not promoted for the average Joe though. It appears to be specifically targeted towards athletes and fitness enthusiasts. The devices supports 5 hours of battery life, which is long enough if you decide to run a marathon. For everyday usage, you can expect the 100 mAh battery to last up to 2.5 days on a single charge.
HTC Grip Tech Specs
- Display: 1.8” 32 x 160 Pixel PMOLED, 90 ppi
- Memory: 16MB Flash / 8MB SRAM
- Sensors: Sensor Hub; G Sensor (2-16g); Gyro; Compass. Also supports compatible Bluetooth enabled devices, such as heart rate monitor
- Platform support: iOS7; Android 4.3 and higher
- Battery: 100 mAh (5 hours w/ GPS, 2.5 days non-sport)
- Power: Includes Charging Cable
- Waterproof: IP57 rating, Safe from splashes; immersible in up to 1 meter water for 30 minutes.
HTC Grip in Action
The HTC Grip will be available in 3 sizes in Deep Teal/Lime at select retailers in the U.S including HTC.com, Under Armour, Academy Sports + Outdoors, AT&T, Cabela’s, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, and Walmart this Spring. Pricing details are yet to be announced.