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HTC's upcoming Desire HD will be one of the top handsets on the market in terms of hardware specs.  (Source: HTC)
The HTC EVO and other smart phones are selling at a frenzied pace

Taiwanese phonemaker HTC Corporation released a relatively short earnings report, but that was just fine as the numbers spoke for themselves.  Profit on a year-to-year basis had soared from T$5.695B (approximately $184.54M USD at current exchange rates) to T$11.1B ($359.68M USD).

That figure handsomely trumped the consensus analyst estimate of T$8.7B by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The company also raked in T$75.85B ($2.458B USD) in revenue, up from T$33.81B ($1.096B USD) a year prior.

HTC's stock rose around 3% percent on the strong earnings report, and is currently at T$719.00/share.

The outlook seems rosy for HTC.  Despite facing increased Android competition from the likes of Samsung, Motorola, and Dell, the company has the benefit of being on what appears to be the winning team in the smartphone war and is poised to stay competitive.  The company in September announced two upcoming models.  Comments Steven Tseng, an analyst at RBS in Taipei, "Investors are comfortable with HTC's status in the Android market.  HTC will keep a stable position, even if it is not a leader in the sector."

The first phone, the HTC Ace (aka the HTC Desire HD), is an ultra high-end smartphone (1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, 768 MB of DRAM, and an 8-megapixel camera) with 4.3-inch SuperLCD screen.  The RAM is particularly impressive, and should allow for speedy app performance.

The second recently announced phone is the HTC Desire Z, a slider version of the popular Desire model.  While featuring less than high-end specs, it may still sell pretty well given that its hardware is superior to most of its slider competition.

HTC is also poised to capitalize on Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system.  While Windows Mobile has been much maligned, there is actually significant excitement surrounding WP7, and HTC is hoping to translate that excitement into continued sales growth.  Sources indicate that it plans on having handsets ready at launch later this month.





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