HTC’s half-baked Halfbeak smartwatch leaked, definitely isn’t ready for the public

HTC 10
HTC and fitness brand partner Under Armour have been working on a smartwatch together, and a leak reveals the co-branded Android Wear device previously rumoured as the HTC Halfbeak. Leaked through the Chinese social network Weibo, images show a circular smartwatch with Google’s wearable operating system installed, but don’t expect to see anything other than a prototype.


There are five images in total, several of which show the watch operating, but only in test mode. The watch uses Android Wear 5.1.1, a version of the software released more than a year ago, which has been superseded several times since then. This may mean the watch we’re seeing is an old prototype. There’s more evidence the watch has had a difficult life, with one picture showing the thick silicone or rubber strap with a split in it. It’s not clear how old the leaked images are, but we’ve been hearing about the Halfbeak, and HTC’s smartwatch plans in general, for sometime.

A view of the watch’s underside gives us a look at a heart rate sensor, and the dual HTC and Under Armour branding. The two companies entered into a partnership at the beginning of 2015, and rumors quickly spread of an impending smartwatch release. A year later, HTC and Under Armour released a collection of health and fitness products together, including a fitness band and heart rate monitoring chest strap. Several months ago, another rumor said the Halfbeak’s release had been delayed again, this time to the end of 2016.

The Halfbeak smartwatch pictured doesn’t look ready for sale. Regardless of the software installed, the design is less like a watch made in 2016, and more like one made in 2015 — again hinting we’re seeing an old test device. Additionally, Android Wear itself is facing troubled times, from the Android Wear 2.0 release delay, to Huawei, Lenovo, and LG saying they won’t have any new watches at all this year. HTC hasn’t had the best 2016 either, and a smartwatch that doesn’t shake things up may not help its cause. While we’d be surprised if the Halfbeak watch seen here hits the shelves, it may have inspired the development of something more exciting, which we’ll hope to see in the future.


If you want a pair of Focals smartglasses, be prepared to go through a process

North Focals are smart glasses that display your notifications, weather, and directions. We went to a pop-up location to try them on and found out just how involved the process is.

Under Armour HOVR is more than a running shoe, it’s a fitness tracker

Under Armour HOVR running shoes bring more to the table than just a comfortable fit. With UA's Record Sensor technology, you can track distance, duration, and even the path you take as you run.

It’s time to check out the best Apple Watch deals for March 2019

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.

Samsung’s working on an invisible camera that hides behind a phone’s screen

Samsung envisions an "invisible" camera that hides behind a phone's screen, without any compromise on the way it operates, replacing the current hole-punch camera seen on the Galaxy S10.

Pre-orders open for the 5G Moto Mod, making the Moto Z3 fully 5G-compatibile

5G is the future of mobile internet, and you've probably heard about the huge speed increases the new standard will bring. But not every phone will be capable of accessing 5G speeds. Here's every phone that supports 5G.

Mobile World Congress 2019

There's no bigger show for mobile tech geeks than Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain: where flagship phones are born and intriguing new wearables shine. And this year, where foldable phones and 5G are dominating the news. For 2019…
Product Review

Casio’s Pro Trek WSD-F30 outdoors smartwatch fits city lifestyles, too

It’s equipped with all the outdoor tools and sensors you want, but the Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 is as much a lifestyle smartwatch as it is trekking companion.

It’s no Apple Watch, but the Vtech Kidizoom is a cheap smartwatch for kids

Looking for a cheap, no-nonsense smartwatch for kids? The Vtech Kidizoom DX2 smartwatch lets your child take photos, videos, play games, and track steps. With a $15 discount, it's very affordable.

Microsoft Band: Users of the defunct fitness tracker offered a refund

Three years after it stopped making the device, Microsoft has announced it is finally ending support for its Band fitness tracker. The good news is that current users, if there are any still out there, can obtain a partial refund.

Fitbit drops the price, splashes on the color for spring 2019 lineup

Fitbit's spring 2019 lineup includes a new Versa Lite Edition, an affordable everyday smartwatch, as well as the stylish and sleek Inspire and Inspire HR fitness trackers. There's also the Ace 2, a swimproof tracker for kids ages 6 and up.

Time to get to the gym: The fitness-loving Galaxy Watch Active is now available

Looking for a new fitness buddy? Samsung just launched the Galaxy Watch Active and the Galaxy Fit, two new wearables with a raft of fitness-focused features that'll keep you moving and get you down to the gym.
Home Theater

IPX what? The electronics water- and dust-resistance rating explained

Increasingly, consumer electronics companies are using an IPX code to demonstrate that their products are water and dust resistant. But what does this IPX code mean? We break it all down and walk you through it.

Fitbit Versa Lite versus Fitbit Versa: How are they different?

Fitbit took the best of its popular Versa smartwatch and removed some elements to create the new Versa Lite, an even more affordable entry-level smartwatch. How does the Versa Lite differ from the original Versa? Read on to find out.

You will never need to charge a smartwatch again, if new EU project succeeds

A new EU research project has launched into finding a new way of powering wearable devices, with the intention of using an energy harvesting system to ensure we never have to charge one up ever again.