Despite the internal struggle drawing fears that HTC is falling apart, recently announced sales figures for the HTC One handset deem otherwise. The HTC One, in an interview with an unnamed executive from HTC, has sold “around 5 million” units since launch, mainly since ”orders are pretty good so far and are still more than what we can supply.”
Component shortages are what suddenly delayed the HTC One’s launch by a full month, so it makes sense to think that it is an actual problem, and not just a way of saving face.
While it’s nothing close to Samsung’s 10 million shipped/sold figure for the Galaxy S 4, next month’s rankings may prove better for HTC, but in order to pull through, they will need green across the board.
Just like other smartphones in its 4G LTE range, T-Mobile will offer the HTC One for $99 on a new 2-year contract alongside their new carrier service plans. The only exclusive feature of the HTC One to T-Mobile is Wi-Fi calling, which integrates nicely with the support of 4G HSPA+ and LTE. T-Mobile’s current portfolio of LTE phones, includes the iPhone 5, the Galaxy S4, and the BlackBerry Z10.
Interestingly, the news comes from a tweet sent by T-Mobile to a possible customer; thanks for that.
Via: T-Mobile (Twitter)
HTC is falling through the cracks, again. In a long list of earnings reports comes low profits, and the first three months of 2013 have proved to be the worst ever, mostly thanks due to the HTC One launch delays — currently available in only three of the eighty countries that were planned for launch.
HTC only made NT$85 million (roughly $2.8 million) over the past three months after generating NT$42.8 billion (roughly $1.4 billion) in revenue. Last year’s figures were significantly higher: in Q1 2012 the company made roughly $470 million on $2.2 billion revenue.
For the next quarter it’s crucial that the HTC One and HTC First (the recently announced Facebook phone) reap in profits for the ailing HTC, because this can’t go on much longer.
Coming in either silver or black unibody aluminum with 32GB of internal storage, the HTC One will cost $199.99 on a new 2-year contract with AT&T’s 4G LTE network starting April 4th. After that, an official release for the One will be closer than ever, as the ship date is the 19th. As for that AT&T-exclusive 64GB version: availability has been kept completely under wraps, except an internal AT&T memo points to the price of $299, so that’s something.
As for the Sprint and T-Mobile versions; there’s no news on that front.
Editor’s Note: Post updated on 4/2/2013 to reflect official details.
The engineers/destroyers at iFixit have taken apart the upcoming HTC One. Since there are no screws used in the construction of the body (thanks, unibody aluminum), the fearless dudes needed to turn to a heat gun (gasp!), a suction cup and a metal spudger to gain access to the internals. Once inside, they were greeted by every single component — which for some reason was covered in a difficult to handle foil, plus fasteners for the 2,300 mAh battery.
As a result, iFixit awarded the HTC One a score of 1 — it’s nearly impossible to take apart and repair.
The HTC One X is now part of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean crop of refreshed and Google Now-enabled devices. Users on AT&T can start downloading the update today, which brings along not only the new firmware, but several fixes as well. Happy? You should be. Details at the source link.
Time has passed with rumors and speculation aplenty, but the HTC One is finally here. Sleek and ready to be held, it’s an incredible device to hold and look at. The new HTC One sports every innovation that HTC has learned over the years, including a new camera and Beats Audio.
First off, the new HTC Sense interface: BlinkFeed, a homescreen feature where constantly updated images and information will populate your homescreen, with large images and clean text. 1400 content partners are on board to assist the management of new content, including ESPN, AP, and others.
Hardware-wise, the HTC One has a 4.7-inch screen with 1080p resolution, Gorilla Glass, and a 468ppi, a new UltraPixel camera, a new Snapdragon 600 SoC on quad-core configuration at 1.7GHz. There’s also 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage as standard (a 64GB option is also available), a 2300mAh battery, GPS and GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and even 802.11ac Wi-Fi, plus an IR blaster. Support for 4G LTE is also available on Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T in the United States starting in March of 2013, in either silver or black in either 32GB or 64GB configurations.
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Not much to see so far. I’ve caught glimpses of the new HTC device and even have been photographed by it, but nothing yet. The presentation will begin in a couple of minutes. Updates can be read at the end of the post.
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Whatever it may be — an official name, release date, a new flagship smartphone, or imaging technology — it’ll be announced sometimes after 10AM tomorrow in New York and simultaneously in London. Word has it that the latest iteration of Sense will also debut alongside the latest version of Android; sounds good, if you ask us. Before the event even starts, follow @stefanetienne on Twitter to get glimpses of action, and then straight here to the homepage, where the announcement will be posted.