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HTC's January revenue was less than half of what it was last year

HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) long toiled as a original device maker (ODM), producing PDAs for the likes of Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ).  But the Taiwanese electronics firm in 2007 saw its chance to step out from behind the curtain, when Google Inc. (GOOG) revealed a new open source operating system, Android.

It worked -- overnight HTC became a household name among U.S. smartphone users, and handsets like HTC EVO 4G defined the cutting edge.  But since catapulting from obscurity to superstardom, the member of Android's "Big Three" has stumbled.

In 2011, it saw its sales battered by more popular offerings from Apple, Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930).  And that's not to mention the spying allegations against the company following a careless security breach due to sloppy coding within its distribution of "Carrier IQ" user device monitoring code.

HTC, however, isn't taking this lying down.  The smartphone maker plans to reveal at least four new high-end handsets at the Mobile World Conference (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.  MWC 2012 runs from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1.

At the show HTC is expected to unveil an ultrathin phone code-named HTC "Ville", similar to Motorola's popular Droid RAZR.  A quad-core smartphone code-named "Edge" is also reportedly on the menu.

HTC desperately needs a sales edge.  In newly released [PDF] sales figures, it fell 2.49 percent in revenue and 41.4 in profit, reporting sales of NT$101.42B ($3.443B USD) and profit of NT$10.94B ($371.3M USD).  And January revenue took an even sharper plunge [PDF], down 52.55 percent to NT$16.615B ($563.98M USD), down from NT$35.014B ($1.1885B USD).

Some analysts are optimistic that HTC’s new smartphone will set it back on a winning path.  Marc Einstein, Tokyo-based Industry Manager for Mobile and Wireless Communications for Frost and Sullivan, tells Reuters, "The smartphone industry is so fast moving, I wouldn't count them out."

Sources: HTC [1], [2], Reuters

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RE: Market betterer...
By sprockkets on 2/6/2012 9:17:59 PM , Rating: 3
Both are nice, but the resolution is inferior, regardless of what you think. And the newer screen has a weird blue cast due to the use of pentile.

I like their technology, but until they fix that issue, SLCD still has better color rendering.

I mean look here:

Yes, I know the G2 got rid of Pentile, so at least it doesn't suffer as much as other AMOLED screens.

It's screen is NOT sharper. Higher resolution does not equal higher quality image rendering.

So why would it have a sharper image if both are the same size while the HTC has a higher resolution?

BTW, they released a 1280x720 version now, without pentile.

RE: Market betterer...
By Reclaimer77 on 2/7/2012 9:22:16 AM , Rating: 2
Well the OP singled out the G2S, so I dismissed pentile screens for the comparison. Remember the plus in SAMOLED+ means no pentile. But yes, pentile has it's problems, not a fan of it myself. It's also not quite as "bad" as people make it seem to be either.

I've seen several head to head comparisons of the HTC and Galaxy S2, and it seems that most agree the HTC's Super LCD, despite higher resolution, isn't sharper. It also can't display blacks as well, SAMOLED+ needs no backlight. And colors are simply more vibrant and true as well on SAMOLED+. It just visually LOOKS better.

Going to a higher resolution didn't gain HTC much at all, because "Super LCD" is just inferior to Retina and SAMOLED+. When the Galaxy III drops and we can compare 720P SAMOLED+ screens to 720P Super LCD screens, the difference will be that much more noticeable.

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