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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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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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