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HTC Isn’t Making an Android Wear Watch, Will Have Another Flagship When Snapdragon 835 is Ready

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Were you hoping that HTC was currently working up to the release of their first Android Wear watch? Were you curious why their recently announced U Ultra lacks a Snapdragon 835? If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, we may have some answers, thanks to an interview Tbreak Media posted today with HTC’s Chialin Chang, their president of smartphone and connected devices. 

During the brief interview, Chang touched on a number of subjects, but the two I mentioned above stood out as noteworthy. In terms of an Android Wear watch, Chang says that HTC is “not going to have an Android watch.” Even though we have seen imagery of prototype HTC or Under Armour watches floating around in recent weeks, Chang sure makes it sounds like we won’t see a watch any time soon if at all. He mentions the fact that even Apple’s watch sales don’t seem to be growing as enough reason they won’t even bother “in the short term.”

Now, that doesn’t mean that Under Armour won’t make one with fitness features in mind and ask HTC to build it and brand it with UA logos, similarly to how Google did with the Pixel.

As for the missing Snapdragon 835, Chang said that the U Ultra runs a Snapdragon 821 because the decision to go that route was made months ago. He also suggested that it’s the “best CPU out there,” which it currently is. So why not hold out and wait for the 835? According to Chang, the 835 is simply not ready and he doesn’t even expect any of the MWC flagship phones that are sure to be announced to have it (that would mean no 835 in the G6). We’re almost positive that Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 line will have the 835, but then again, those phones aren’t coming at MWC and may not arrive until April.

Chang did suggest that when the 835 is ready, HTC will have another flagship phone to show off. His exact comment was, “When the new CPU comes, HTC will have another flagship.” That’s great news for those not exactly impressed by the U Ultra.

Finally, because we couldn’t not point this out, but as Chang talked more about their new U Ultra in the interview, he made sure to share his displeasure with a particular publication who had never touched their newly announced U Ultra, yet wrote a scathing reaction to it:

There’s an online article in a very reputable publication talking about our new phone and it was not positive at all. I asked internally who the person that wrote the article was and nobody knew. Nobody from our company had briefed him and the phone hasn’t gone on sale so he had not seen the phone. I wondered why and if there is any motive behind such articles. You come and see the phone, compare and then comment.

I wonder who he could be referring to? Hmmm. HMMMMMM.

If you are talking about us, Mr. Chang, we would love to check out your phones. We’ve been asking for years for the opportunity to do so with our fellow members of the press. We can always be reached right here.

UPDATE: Hey, he supposedly wasn’t talking about us!

Via:  Tbreak
  • Shadowstare

    Some leaker on Twitter said something similar about how the U Ultra is targeted to the Note 7 owners and how its not their 2017 flagship. This news actually supports that. For me, this was a ‘oh thank god’ moment. The U Ultra is getting destroyed (perhaps unfairly) by most media outlets because its so obviously not a flagship device and its release window (and price point) is directly against other company’s flagship devices. So ‘oh thank god’ the U Ultra is the flagship. HTC needs to come with it if they want to compete.

  • Person Dude

    Welp, they just nuked sales of the U and U ultra right there.

  • Gary beatty

    why would anyone trash a phone they’d never seen?

  • Josh Matthews

    I knew they were talking about the verge. I read droid life every day and I didn’t even remember kellen wrote that article. His head is getting a little big lol

  • Me

    So he basically just killed the sales of the U ultra even more.

  • T_Dizzle

    Don’t make a smart watch, make a flag ship worth buying again.

  • blindexecutioner

    HTC hasn’t done very well lately but I feel they are smart to wait for stock of the 835 processor. RIP LG.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Damn so it wasn’t you? . . . Strange thing is that EVERY tech site bashed the “U” to high hell…. There’s not ONE good article about this device out there. That’s what they should be paying attention to.l

  • D in B

    i’m sure the 20 or so people who buy their crap will be happy for some reason.

  • seattle tech

    HTC can only blame themselves. Didn’t they show the phone to only obscure unrelated uninformed journalist?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    HTC Won’t release another device before the fall if the plan on doing it. The “U” will be their flagship…because they’re not launching anything that will sell in the Window between the S8………………………Note 8, and iPhone. I hope they know what they’re doing.

    • At this point it’s matter of luck. They have tried a spring release for 3 years now with no success. I guess shifting things around hoping for the best. Perhaps a summer release?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Summer release is a dead man’s zone. They can’t sell anything in that window because of Samsung and Apple. They need to lauch devices at CES and sell them in January. That’s the window they keep avoiding.

        • billiebob808

          I agree with you, but it’s too bad that releasing them in January means that they won’t have the upcoming new processors. They need to do something else to break out because people will just think, ‘wait a couple more months to see what Samsung/Apple are doing’

          • Brandon Sobotta

            In this time frame you also miss the holiday sales.

  • That SD835 “issue” will sure displease many people and OEMs, and it affects two companies on a tightrope (LG and HTC). Samsung clearly wants to dominate by themselves AND lure more people with having all the initial SD835 batch.

    Selling an SD821 on March will be tough, considering the Galaxy S8 will be just around the corner, heavily promoted by Samsung and wireless carriers.

  • Kacho_ON

    Is he not talking about Vlad Savov from The Verge?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      The Verge was there though.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Why would you assume it’s forbes?

          • “There’s an online article in a very reputable publication talking about our new phone and it was not positive at all.”
            I guess Forbes can be reputable? I dunno.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            But I would assume people at HTC should know who tech writer at Forbes is, is what I’m saying. They apparently don’t know the person personally.

          • Either way, seems that they don’t like negative reports on the phone. I think they should read users’ comments the same way they cherry pick reports. Justifying $800 on a phone with 2016 specs is hard, worse, no single carrier is selling it.

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    • Can’t believe he doesn’t know the motive. All he has to do is read the comments of this site and he’d know that we bath in Samsung Cash, all day every day. 🙄

      • trixnkix637

        I question why would he ask a HTC staff member who wrote it, as opposed to looking at your name at the top of the article?

        Never mind the fact of attempting to discredit you and question your journalistic integrity.

        I mean, there’s being out of touch and then there’s that.