According to a new report from Focus Taiwan, the month-to-month production of the HTC One is increasing sharply to accommodate the surging demand.
HTC will not only bump up manufacturing in May two-fold from April’s numbers, but will also jack up the number of smartphones being created in June as well.
“Our capacity is expected to rise significantly starting from mid-May,” Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia, said in the report.
“We are optimistic about our high-end sales during April and June.”
While the initial delay was caused by a shortage in the custom camera components created for the HTC One, it now appears HTC will stop at nothing to make sure enough of the phones are made available to wanting customers.
The stellar device is one of the few to garner a five-star rating from our reviewers, so it’s no wonder the 4.7-inch Android beast has been desired by so many consumers.
Still, the wait means more potential buyers could be swayed into purchasing Galaxy S4s, or even the iPhone 5, rather than waiting for more of the device we called “the best phone on the market.”
AT&T is said to stop carrying the HTC First, the first smartphone to come with Facebook’s new Home software preloaded, according to BGR. The report is far from confirmed, but if BGR’s sources are to be believed, we’ll soon see the HTC First taken off the shelves in AT&T stores.
AT&T’s reasoning for discontinuing the smartphone is said to be because of low sales. This is something we’ve heard from analysts before, with one even going as far to say some stores hadn’t even sold a single unit. BGR further reports that the HTC First is selling worst than the HTC Chacha (essentially the first Facebook phone), which comes as a bit of a shock.
The news comes shortly after AT&T dropped the pricing of the HTC First from $99 to 99-cents. Price drops usually come during a low amount of sales, and that seems to be the case here as well. According to the report, AT&T will be return unsold inventory, and the smartphone will be discontinued when the in-store display contract expires. Even after the price slash, AT&T sold fewer than 15,000 units nationwide through last week.
When reached for comment, AT&T stated: “As mentioned previously, we do pricing promotions all the time and have made no decisions on future plans.” HTC and Facebook have declined requests for comment.
Facebook’s Home software is also off to a slow start. The social media giant said Facebook Home was downloaded 1 million times from Google Play last week, after it launched for devices in early-April. At present the average review on Google Play is 2/5 stars for the software, with many users noting limitations and problems with it. In a future update in the next few weeks, Facebook says it will bring improvements to Chat Heads and the addition of folders for organising applications in a better format.
We suggest you take the news of AT&T discontinuing the HTC First with a grain of salt until we can get more information.
The HTC First is set to land in the UK this summer as an exclusive on EE.
Source: Pocket Lint
Back when HTC First announced the HTC One, the company “mistakenly” published a graphic of a red version of it on its own website. The listing was promptly removed, and HTC brushed it off as a mistake that one of its coders made. We’re sure that was more than just a mishap, though — designers don’t just accidentally whip up nice, clean renders of their flagship phones in colors they don’t intend to sell them in.
As you can already tell, we never jumped on HTC’s word that silver and black would be the only colors this device would launch in as gospel. That’s why we were only halfway shocked to see UK retailer HandTec post a listing of the device in crimson-clad armor online.
The listing is showing as out-of-stock, and the muddy low-quality image used doesn’t do much to convince us, but we can’t help but think this is more than just another mistake by a different company. We’ve dropped HTC a line to see if they have anything different to say about the existence of this color variation compared to three months ago, so be sure to check back for an update.
The HTC One had already impressed most people who have come accross the smartphone but with the recent software update pushing camera features and a massive battery life boost, TechRadar has awarded the HTC One a 5 start rating, only the 3rd ever handset to get such a rating.
The HTC One is still a fairly new device, yet the development support is growing rather quickly. New Sense ROMs are popping up left and right, and slight mods and tweaks are seeping into the forums pretty quickly, as well.
After you root your HTC One, be sure to check out these great mods to fix some minor annoyances and make your HTC One more functional.
Update: It was brought to my attention that without the proper kernel, upon rebooting, any removed bloatware will restore itself.
A new HTC handset dubbed the HTC 608t has leaked onto the internet, and it appears to borrow a couple of hardware features from the HTC One.
The HTC 608t has appeared on TENAA, China’s telecoms regulatory authority. It seems to be a mid-range Android phone with a similar shape to the HTC One SV, which we covered earlier in the year.
While it lacks the gorgeous aluminium design of the HTC One, then, the HTC 608t looks to be a sturdy piece of kit. It also borrows a couple of key elements from the HTC One’s design.
For one thing it has a similar stereo sound set-up, with two front-facing speakers positioned at the top and bottom of the device. The HTC 608t also has the same two-button capacitive control set-up as the HTC One – so no menu key here.
Elsewhere, the HTC 608t’s mid-range status appears to be confirmed by the device’s rumoured specs. According to China’s Blog of Mobile, the phone will come with a 4.5-inch display sporting a modest 960 x 540 ‘qHD’ resolution.
It’ll apparently be powered by a quad-core CPU of some description, backed by 1GB of RAM. Don’t expect any HTC One-style UltraPixels here – you’ll have to make do with a standard 8-megapixel camera instead.
The report also claims that the HTC 608t will come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
As this is a Chinese phone first and foremost, there’s a good chance we won’t see the HTC 608t on western shores as it is. Still, it’s an interesting indicator as to how HTC will be trickling some of its bold HTC One design features down to subsequent, lesser handsets throughout 2013.
HTC have just announced its European customers will be receiving an update for the Camera, HDR images and Audio. The software update for International handsets promises better noise reduction on slow-motion videos, improved dynamic range from HDR shots and enhanced audio recording on your Zoe clips. Naturally, there’s some performance and stability improvements included, if you’re not all about the imaging. According to SlashGear, the software refresh will arrive on European handsets this week, though we’re still waiting for it to land on our own UK device.
Ever since the launch of HTC One (codenamed HTC M7), there have been news reports suggesting that HTC is planning a mid-range smartphone dubbed HTC M4.
Now, as per a report by DigiTimes, HTC has signed a deal appointing Catcher Technology as the exclusive supplier of metal-alloy body of HTC M4. The news report also claims that HTC is planning to launch its M4 smartphone in June and has an estimate of shipping 7,00,000 units within the second quarter. By third quarter, the Taiwanese smartphone maker plans to make its HTC M4 more widely available.
As per DigitTimes, the contract has been awarded exclusively to Catcher Technology to avoid any sort of component shortage issues that HTC One faced.
The leaked images of HTC M4 had surfaced way back in February. The past rumours indicate that HTC M4 will have 4.3-inch screen which sports resolution of 720p, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon SoC. It is expected to run on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), along with Sense 5.0. HTC M4 is also expected to come with an UltraPixel camera, just like the HTC One. Furthermore, HTC M4 will support LTE in the countries where the technology is available.
While the HTC One is facing much anticipation ahead of its launch in more regions, its price tags may not be everyone’s cup of tea; but judging by the above leak, it looks like Peter Chou’s willing to spare a couple of notable features for a more affordable model. According to last week’s filing on China’s TENAA database, the back of this 606w takes design cues from the China-only One SU (especially around the camera), but flip it around and you’ll notice what appears to be a pair of front-facing stereo speakers (aka BoomSound as it’s marketed as for the One), as well as the same dual soft key implementation on the company’s latest flagship.
The rest of this Android 4.1.2 phone is a bit of a mix: there’s a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 display, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, an 8-megapixel main camera (so not UltraPixel), a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera, WCDMA radio and microSD expansion. It’s easy to see how these specs are carefully crafted to avoid directly clashing with the recently launched E1 (603e) as well: lesser front-facing camera but better processor and display here (presumably). And no, this is clearly not the rumored M4. As always, we’ll keep an eye out for the 606w’s official announcement.