HTC partners with Under Armour to launch GPS-enabled fitness tracker
Further to the announcement of its first virtual reality headset, HTC has flagged intentions to get in on another burgeoning wearable gadget trend. The Taiwanese electronics maker has teamed up with Under Armour to produce a wrist-worn fitness tracker that offers yet another solution to keeping tabs on your well being.
The collaboration between HTC and Under Armour sees the HTC Grip tracker integrate with Under Armour Record, the clothing label's recently launched fitness tracking app. Through Record, users can log and track workouts, set challenges relating to calories burned and steps taken, for example, and draw on data from separate devices like heart rate monitors and now, HTC's new fitness tracking band.
Fitted with GPS, the Grip is capable of tracking metrics like distance and speed without the need to lug your smartphone along for the ride. It features a curved 1.8-inch PMOLED display that can also show calls and notifications from a connected Android or iOS smartphone.
Powered by a 1,000 mAh battery, HTC says the grip should be good for five hours of use with the GPS turned on, while in everyday use it should last for two and a half days. The band itself can synch with separate heart rate monitors, and also has the ability to track sleep, including differences in light and deep sleep. With a waterproof rating of IP57, the Grip is due for release this coming US spring for a suggested retail price of US$199.