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So much for the "recovery"

HTC Corp.'s (TPE:2498) latest unaudited earnings release on Monday left more troubling questions than palatable answers, as the company posted a large miss.

According to Financial Timessurvey of 23 analysts, the average expectation was around $5.4B TWD (Taiwanese dollars; 1 TWD = 0.034 USD).  Instead HTC posted a miserable $4B TWD -- a serious warning sign that the company may have hit a major pothole along the road to recovery.

HTC's profit was approximately 50 percent lower than it was last year.  Q3 2011 was HTC's last strong quarter.  Fueled by sales of its popular Android handsets, the company cheered strong sales and sustained growth last year as it briefly topped U.S. sales charts, according to some analyst estimates.  

But in Q4 2011 the company posted a huge earnings miss, and the string of bad financials has continued ever since, driven by slumping sales.

The company's reported revenue was $70.2B TWD ($2.4B USD).

The company's short-term turnaround prospects hedge on a colorful pair of Windows Phone 8 handsets (the 8S and 8X) and a high end Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" offering (the Tegra 3 quad-core, 4.7-inch display One X+, which also packs LTE support).  

One X Plus
The HTC One X+ [Image Source: Anandtech]

HTC in many ways has been among the most aggressive players in the industry in terms of pursuing tangible hardware-level differentiation in its handsets.  Recent models include special image processing hardware that allow them to take photos from a stream of video.  Many models also carry special amplifier chips from subsidiary Beats Audio, allowing them to produce better sound quality.

It remains to be seen whether the new devices and special hardware is sufficient to lure the fickle consumer electronics market.  Another quarter has come and gone, and HTC is left still trying to recapture the magic that allowed it to grow wildly from a company who made other companies' smartphones, to a first-party devicemaker and household brand name.

Source: HTC [via Engadget]



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RE: I'm shocked
By zlandar on 10/8/2012 10:59:50 AM , Rating: 2
Or maybe some people have quality issues with HTC.

I had an HTC Tilt. Twice I had the cable that connects to the screen come loose causing the screen to go white. First time I was under warranty. Second time I was SOL.

Tried taking it apart. Got the cable to work, but broke it trying to put it back together.

Never buying another HTC product.


RE: I'm shocked
By anactoraaron on 10/8/2012 11:19:34 AM , Rating: 2
Or the Sensation with the antenna issue (where you have to bend 2 small pins to fix) or the dust behind the screen, or the back cover not attaching/connecting all the way to the phone after a year only taking it off to clean inside it once a month (to prevent the dust on the screen issue)- now the phone 'flexes' slightly when pressed at the release point for the back cover...

Then when I lost the charging cable and bought a new HTC charger the usb portion of the charger failed in less than a week...

Yeah their QC/design flaws are at fault here. Also I don't feel the 'I guess people don't buy new phones to upgrade OS' doesn't really apply to HTC as I see them as being the best for actually updating their phones.


RE: I'm shocked
By othercents on 10/8/2012 11:36:26 AM , Rating: 3
I think advertising plays a big part since Samsung is selling plenty of Galaxy S IIIs. Then you have the "recommend" devices by the staff at the AT&T stores. These people are also part of the decision making process and probably recommend Samsung over HTC.

I have seen both devices and the Samsung as features that is making someone who purchase the HTC upset that he didn't wait for the Samsung Galaxy S III.


RE: I'm shocked
By name99 on 10/8/2012 3:56:58 PM , Rating: 2
Oh my.
You mean that Android buyers are swayed by marketing in EXACTLY the same way as the Apple "sheeple"? And they can no longer sneer down their noses at people who choose iPhones as mindless zombies driven by advertising?

Say it isn't so!


RE: I'm shocked
By Belard on 10/8/2012 11:27:29 PM , Rating: 2
I bought the Motorola Atrix HD based on research and playing with the phones. The HTC One X has a better camera, but that is about it. Same $100 pice. Even if the galaxy S3 was $100, I would have still gone for the Atrix HD.


RE: I'm shocked
By sprockkets on 10/8/2012 9:33:07 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, don't have the dust issue, don't have the creak issue (though my friend did and can get it fixed whenever he wants), and never had antenna issues.

Hey, YMMV. I think their software issues though with the EVO did them in.


RE: I'm shocked
By andrewaggb on 10/9/2012 12:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
Probably lots of people who haven't gotten OS updates, or poor battery life, weak speaker, insufficient space, etc.

I've mostly enjoyed my htc phones, but they've all had issues and I haven't been impressed by htc's support of existing devices. They just make a 'new' phone every couple months.

At this point, I'd get a GSIII or Note 2, iPhone 5, or a Windows 8 phone because I know they'll get OS updates and support.


RE: I'm shocked
By Sivar on 10/8/2012 3:23:07 PM , Rating: 2
If quality issues were the problem, Samsung wouldn't be in the lead. Remember the Galaxy S?

"utterly broken and non-functional... this is a problem for which there's no reasonable explanation why it made it all the way to retail devices." --Engadget

"The phone will take an inordinate amount of time to determine your actual location, and/or it won’t pinpoint your location very accurately." --Anandtech

Samsung never fixed the GPS or other problems, and never offered a replacement or otherwise did anything to correct the junk they'd sold millions of.


RE: I'm shocked
By Belard on 10/8/2012 11:37:34 PM , Rating: 2
Had a galaxy S1... Never really liked it. One of the reasons I went with Motorola. The GPS never worked. Forever for updates.


RE: I'm shocked
By silverblue on 10/9/2012 8:44:25 AM , Rating: 2
I had more luck with mine, though luck obviously played its part. Occasionally, it wouldn't get a fix, but at other times, I watched the navigation cursor get closer and closer until it was within a couple of metres. My Lumia 800 is massively improved in this area, however the best thing about the Galaxy S was its sound quality and the 800 cannot hope to touch it.

My girlfriend has two HTC Desires, the second being a result of thinking she'd lost the first and getting it locked. Both have very dodgy charge ports, and I don't think she's been hammering them as she "lost" the first quite early on. Still, that's the only fault.


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