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Sales are roughly half the first-month sales of the Samsung Galaxy S IV, and a third of the Apple iPhone 5's

HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) is grappling with employee departures and the slow-rolling death of its "Facebook Phone", the HTC First. However, the company is at least optimistic about sales of its HTC One 1080p flagship Android smartphone picking up steam.

The company's CEO said on Wednesday that his firm had moved roughly 5 million of the metal-unibody devices in its first month on the market, despite all the issues surrounding parts delays and (according to The Verge) issues with the anodizing process in the black variant.  By contrast, Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) saw a far smoother launch, but shipped 10 million Galaxy S IVs -- perhaps not as resounding a win as it might have hoped.

Part of the HTC One's sales may come thanks to strong reviews and the aforementioned slick metal-body.  The metal-and-glass design in Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone has long been held up as a key selling point; HTC's all-metal body won similar praise.
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HTC CEO Peter Chou, who is grappling with the decision of whether to step down amid financial struggles, told The Wall Street Journal, "Orders are pretty good so far and are still more than what we can supply. This is partly due to the shortage of components. When the issue is resolved next month, we will have a better idea if it's doing really well or not."

The iPhone 5 moved five million units in a weekend, but averaged only about 9.1 million units per month in the three following months [source].  The HTC One, which retails for around $579 USD unlocked, should help the company's margins, which are currently dangerously thin.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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this phone should be competing for #1
By xti on 5/23/2013 4:09:25 PM , Rating: 5
it has the appearance that makes the iP5 popular, and obviously the os that makes GS3/4 popular.

RE: this phone should be competing for #1
By Nortel on 5/23/2013 4:14:29 PM , Rating: 2
This is by far the best Android phone. It's a shame sheeple keep buying plastic Samsung garbage.

By Newspapercrane on 5/23/2013 4:43:02 PM , Rating: 5
I really like when people say that the iPhone is better than my Gs3 because it's made out of metal... then have their iphone covered in a TPU case.

By cyberguyz on 5/23/2013 5:47:07 PM , Rating: 2
I love my Samsung.

By dgingerich on 5/23/2013 5:58:57 PM , Rating: 2
I love my One S, but I'm debating getting the One to replace it. It looks great, but a little big. I got the One S primarily because the One X looked too big. I do know it won't fit in my current holster, as the One S just barely fits.

RE: this phone should be competing for #1
By Solandri on 5/24/2013 1:11:38 AM , Rating: 4
For some people, having a plastic body means it's garbage.
For other people, lacking a micro-SD card slot means it's garbage.
For others, lacking a removable battery means it's garbage.
And for yet others, having Sense or Touchwiz (or either) means it's garbage.
And for others still, lack of front speakers, AMOLED, or a whole host of other features is what makes it garbage.

Different people have different needs and preferences, go figure. That's the beauty and the strength of the Android ecosystem. Saying that there's one "best" Android phone and the others are garbage puts you on the same level as iPhone users who insist their phone is the best and people using anything else are using garbage.

If you need to validate your self-worth by insulting those who make different choices from yours, it's you who has the problem, not them. One can argue the merits of each feature, but ultimately it's up to each individual to decide which of those features matter most to him, and pick a phone - be it HTC, Samsung, LG, or even the iPhone.

The only person who is "wrong" is the one who insists that his choice is the best choice for everyone else.

RE: this phone should be competing for #1
By cyberguyz on 5/24/2013 10:06:52 AM , Rating: 2
There we go. Someone that is actually speaking sense! +1

The human race is not made up of identical clones. Only a moron has the notion that each person should have the same preferences as he does.

I am not a clone of anyone else.

I happen to like the plastic removable back, a battery I can replace without burning my warranty, the ability of popping in a 64gb MicroSD card and my phone's 5" AMOLED display. I don't care what anybody else thinks of it - it works perfectly for me.

RE: this phone should be competing for #1
By superflex on 5/24/13, Rating: -1
By Rukkian on 5/24/2013 11:51:13 AM , Rating: 3
Do you not understand the difference between giving and opinion and called other peoples opinions garbage? This is a comment section and is for people's opinions. You are fine to your opinion.

I personnally like the plastic for the following reasons:
1. Better reception possible (also nfc)
2. Lighter
3. More durable
4. Easy battery replacement in case I want a bigger one

I also would prefer additional storage as my current gnex lacks that.

This is my opinion and did not include "any other phone is garbage" or "anybody wanting a metal body is an idiot". That is the difference.

By cyberguyz on 5/27/2013 6:36:56 AM , Rating: 1
And you totally missed the last sentence of this didn't you:

I happen to like the plastic removable back, a battery I can replace without burning my warranty, the ability of popping in a 64gb MicroSD card and my phone's 5" AMOLED display. I don't care what anybody else thinks of it - it works perfectly for me.

You apparently don't understand the difference between giving one's personal opinion or raging against others that do not share it.

Also -- did I even mention the work Samsung in my post?

Jeez... And you call me a tool. Obviously I'm a sharper one than you friend.

RE: this phone should be competing for #1
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/24/2013 7:44:43 AM , Rating: 1
That this post got rated up and I got rated down, is, well, pathetic.

RE: this phone should be competing for #1
By Rukkian on 5/24/2013 11:52:39 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe you should add something other than calling somebody else a name. While I do not agree with his comments, yours brought nothing but flames to the conversation.

By superflex on 5/24/2013 12:18:06 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe you should learn how to follow a thread.

By Cheesew1z69 on 5/25/2013 12:26:58 AM , Rating: 2
Calling him out for what he is, sorry you don't like it.

RE: this phone should be competing for #1
By Wererat on 5/23/2013 4:52:04 PM , Rating: 3
I've now seen one in action; it's very very good.

The owner made a comment to the effect that 'finally the performance is smooth with these phones.' I think it's telling that it takes hardware of this caliber to make Android appear smooth; that's part of the tradeoff of basing Android on a general-purpose OS.

IMO, the HTC One is the best Android phone out there right now. Plastic or metal, whatever, it just is a great device. HTC just has to overcome its limitations of scale to produce enough of them!

(note: I'm off-contract, on a voluntary break from smartphones waiting for something gamechanging, not merely iterative, before I jump back in (or an irresistable deal sans contract)). I don't own Apple, Samsung, HTC, Google, or Microsoft except through index funds and don't have a favorite.

By A11 on 5/24/2013 2:55:57 AM , Rating: 2
My stepfather just got one of these as well and I can only agree that it's an amazing phone.

Personally I would never buy a non google branded android though, as we know the OEMs/telcos don't give a flying fuck about updating their older models when the next best thing comes around.

By cknobman on 5/24/2013 9:30:16 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure there about that.

I bought one of these and sent it straight back. My brand new One had noticeable gaps on both speaker pieces between the metal and center filling.

Come to find out that those two pieces (top and bottom speaker grills)are individual strips of metal glued on. HTC has a known quality control issues with them not being glued on very well. After I sent mine back I went to several different stores and played with demo units. All of them showed the same gap and 1 store the entire strip of metal on the bottom speaker grill was peeling off.

I feel like a year from now when these phones are not new the glue will start failing and there will be quite a few pissed off people.

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