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HTC’s rumored smartwatch will run RTOS, instead of Android Wear

HTC-logoThose of you looking forward to a new Android Wear option by HTC might be sorely disappointed, as the latest leaks provided by @upleaks suggest that the upcoming smartwatch by the Taiwanese manufacturer, expected to be announced next month, will run a new operating system developed by HTC called RTOS. The watch itself, codenamed PETRA, will still support devices running Android 4.4 or higher, along with iOS 7 or higher.

According to these leaks, it will also feature the expected timer, stopwatch, alarm, and music controls functionality, along with a camera shutter, the ability to display a paired phone’s notifications, and more.It’s rumored to include a 1.8-inch 160×32 PMOLED flexible screen, ST Micro STM32L151 chipset, Bluetooth, GPS, a battery that can go up to three days between charges, and the ability to charge over POGO Pin or USB. All said, it will weigh around 23 grams, and will come in small, medium, and large sizes. It is rated IP57 rated for water and dust resistance, and is also said to have passed MIL-STD-810G for durability.

While there’s no word yet on pricing, PETRA should be available in the US next month, and will come in teal/lime and black/blue gray color options. It might even include a footpad to help you better analyze your footsteps.

What do you think about PETRA – is it everything you’d hoped it would be, or are you disappointed that it might not run Android Wear?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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