According to its press release, HTC made the decision to release Grip with the other health and fitness line of products it is launching later this year due to extensive user feedback and wear testing. In addition, HTC said that the delay was a way for the company to refine its approach and vision to the health and fitness segment.
Unfortunately, no further details were released by HTC regarding the delay. The company did not expand on what other products in health and fitness they might be launching either, but the portfolio of products could have a heart rate tracker.
Since HTC’s grip does not have a heart rate sensor, HTC might be releasing a heart monitor to be worn on the chest that can connect to the new Grip through Bluetooth, though that is 100% speculation.
The Grip is HTC’s first product from its partnership with Under Armour the sports apparel maker.
Grip not only records the regular step as well as sleep tracking but lets the wearer track cycling, workout, walking and running separately while they are all accessible within the band itself rather going to a smartphone to find them.
The Grip, which hooks together similar to a bracelet packs a PMOLED 1.8-inch screen, a display that is monochrome that always the user to control the interface through a swipe system that is four-way.
The price was considered to be quite steep at $200 when announced with some analysts saying that could prevent it from have a successful launch. However, with HTC delaying the initial launch it might make a few changes that could include the price tag.
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