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Did HTC Just Leak its Own Android Wear Smartwatch? (Updated)

by Jacob Kleinman | July 22, 2014July 22, 2014 3:45 pm PST

HTC isn’t expected to unveil its first Android Wear device until late 2014, but the company may have accidentally revealed the upcoming smartwatch in a promotional video shared on YouTube earlier this month. The video, which focuses on HTC’s design team, offers a quick glimpse at what may very well be the first HTC smartwatch.

The video is only about a minute long, but at the 35-second mark we get a clear look at some sort of smartwatch sitting on the desk of one of HTC’s designers. Zooming in on the device, it’s tough to say anything for sure, but we’re definitely looking at a small square display attached to a wristband. Another shot shows the same employee working on what looks like a square smartwatch display on his computer.

HTC hasn’t said much about its upcoming smartwatch, but recent reports suggest the device, allegedly called the HTC One Wear, could come in both plastic and metal variants. Today’s leak appears to be the plastic version, while a recent rendering shared by Evleaks showed what the metallic model might look like.

We’re definitely excited to see HTC’s take on the smartwatch, though the company may have some trouble if it can’t get the new device out ahead of the competition. The Moto 360 is expected to launch later this summer, and by the end of 2014 we may not have any room left on our wrist for an HTC device.

Update: HTC’s reached out to us explain that the smartwatch shown in the video below isn’t an official product. Turns out it’s just a side-project one employee is working on in his spare time. Here’s the company’s full statement:

“HTC encourages our design team to explore and tinker with new ideas and even models, as is the case with the watch some viewers noticed in our recent HTC Design video. It in no way indicates an actual product HTC is planning to release. Keep an eye on this space for exciting new products from HTC when they are ready to be announced!”

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...