HTC One Hits 5 Million Sales in First Month, Despite Issues
May 23, 2013 4:04 PM
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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. (
) is grappling with
of its "
", 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
) issues with the anodizing process in the black variant. By contrast, Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) 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 (
) iPhone has long been held up as a key selling point; HTC's all-metal body
won similar praise
The HTC One
HTC CEO Peter Chou, who is
grappling with the decision
of whether to step down amid financial struggles,
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 [
]. The HTC One, which retails for around $579 USD unlocked, should help the company's margins, which are
currently dangerously thin
The Wall Street Journal
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RE: Car Analogy
5/27/2013 7:08:43 AM
Aluminum looks great when it is brand new,
but don't scratch it!
Whether on a car or a phone and aluminum part is a hella lot costlier to replace than a plastic one.
Both aluminum and plastic are soft and easy to scratch/scuff. In order to keep either one looking new you are going to put it into a protective plastic case/cover. Once you do that, who cares what the body made of? You don't see either one. ;)
Once inside one of these cases, both phones (plastic/aluminum) are equally resistant to damage. Now if you could only put a case on that Audi or Corvette...
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