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HTC has its worst April in 6 years; disappointing HTC One M9 shipments blamed

HTC has its worst April in 6 years; disappointing HTC One M9 shipments blamed
With HTC reporting this morning that April revenues plunged 38.6% year-over-year, analysts are quickly placing the blame on disappointing sales of its new HTC One M9 flagship phone. Just one month after reporting "robust" sales that led to its best Q1 since 2011, HTC reported its worst April revenue figure in 6 years.

For the month, HTC took in $439.95 million, down from the $719.24 million the company reported in revenue last April. Sales declined 32.26% from the $652.44 million the company garnered in March 2015. An unnamed analyst who toils for Yuanta Securities Investment Consulting Co., says that shipments of the HTC One M9 flagship phone amounted to 4.75 million units for the month. That is a sharp 43.75% decline from the 8 million units of the HTC One (M8) that were shipped in April 2014. It is a 35.71% decline from the 7 million units of the HTC One (M7) shipped in April 2013. May revenues could be helped by the launch this month in China of both the HTC One M9+ and HTC One E9+.

The same anonymous analyst said that HTC might have underestimated the impact that rumors about the Snapdragon 810 chipset (which powers the HTC One M9) would have on sales of the phone. Talk that the Snapdragon 810 SoC was prone to overheating might have led to poor reviews and reluctance on the part of carriers to order much inventory of the phone. On the other hand, Samsung decided to pass up on the chip, using its own home grown Exynos 7420 chipset for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Sammy's redesigned flagship phones are selling like hotcakes and will probably lead to a record year for Galaxy S shipments. One Samsung executive reportedly said that the company expects to sell 70 million units combined of both flagship models this year.

While HTC earlier said that it expects to report $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion in revenue for the second quarter, one analyst from KGI Bank says that HTC will be hard pressed just to reach the low end of that range. HTC had been in the middle of a turnaround until last month.


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source: TaipeiTimes via GforGames

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posted on 05 May 2015, 05:29 39

1. shaineql (Posts: 404; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Next time dont rely on m8s success.
Samsung saw that S5 was badly recieved and completely changed the way S6 works.

posted on 05 May 2015, 06:12 21

16. bubbadoes (Posts: 1225; Member since: 03 May 2012)


the only thing changed with the s6 is samsung tried and mimic the iphone even more

posted on 05 May 2015, 06:16 50

18. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


Never heard of iPhone having a 2K display and 16MP camera with f1.9 aperture.

posted on 05 May 2015, 06:37 2

25. bodzio1809 (Posts: 357; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


2K display on 5.1 inch screen is a disadvantage.
Anyway S6 camera is one of the best on the market.

posted on 05 May 2015, 06:37 40

26. TerryTerius (Posts: 2082; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Considering the iPhone 6 lacks -

Fast Charging
Wireless Charging
Multi-window
An IR blaster
Wide Angle Selfies
Rear Camera Selfies
Heart Rate Monitor
Tracking Auto Focus
A built in theming engine
-True widgets
-The ability to work with magnetic card terminals
-A body that chages color depending on lighting
-Not to mention the personalization inherent to Android...

Then yeah, it totally looks like Samsung is following in Apple's footsteps -_- I will grant you that Samsung has taken Apple's design ethos, and simultaneously put more of an emphasis upon user experience. The bottom of each phone is strikingly similar, and button placement is close as well. But outside of that, there are a hell of a lot of differentiating factors between the two. More so on the side of Samsung, than Apple. Not to mention unless you were looking directly at the bottom of the phone, you would be very hard pressed to mistake one for the other.

The only real advantage the iPhone has over the s6 would be Apple's ecosystem itself, and that wholly depends upon who you're talking to and what they own.

posted on 05 May 2015, 06:41 27

28. TerryTerius (Posts: 2082; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


And of course the aforementioned 5.1 inch 2k Super AMOLED screen which can either be more color accurate than the iPhone 6's, or far more vivid. A display that pretty much outclasses that of the iPhone 6 in nearly every conceivable way.

Owning a 6+ as a work line and an S6 as a personal phone, I feel pretty qualified to make that statement.

posted on 05 May 2015, 06:46

31. djk4363 (Posts: 21; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


I agree. HTC did with the M( what Samsung did with the S5. Went for optimization and internal enhancements, forgetting the Wow Factor element altogether. It is sad they did not learn from others' mistakes.

posted on 05 May 2015, 07:01 2

34. samsboy (unregistered)


+1 bros. Let them take it or leave it.

posted on 05 May 2015, 07:09 18

36. tedkord (Posts: 13029; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


How is it a disadvantage?

posted on 05 May 2015, 07:11 7

37. tedkord (Posts: 13029; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I didn't think your rump could get any more sore, then Samsung puts out the S6 which outclassed the iPhone 6 even more than the Note 4 did. Now the Great Wall and the red glow from your backside are equally visible from space.

posted on 05 May 2015, 07:16 1

42. bodzio1809 (Posts: 357; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


You are loosing battery life and performance for a little sharper screen for some poeple? Currently I have S5 and before I had S3. I can't notice pixels on S5. On S3 I could see pixels from very short distance. Until I searched for it I didn't see it.

posted on 05 May 2015, 07:29 3

46. ph00ny (Posts: 1343; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Not when VR headset comes into the equation

posted on 05 May 2015, 07:38

48. chebner (Posts: 235; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


All that and they were still so afraid it wouldn't sell they made it look identical to the iPhone 6. Just like they did with the original Galaxy S.

posted on 05 May 2015, 07:35 1

47. bodzio1809 (Posts: 357; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


For VR you need even higher resolution. It should use special separate screen. Also VR is not popular.

posted on 05 May 2015, 07:41 14

49. tedkord (Posts: 13029; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It has average battery life, better than the S3 certainly. The Note 4 had significantly better battery life than the Note 3,though it went from FHD to QHD with essentially the same sized battery.

Sharpness isn't about seeing pixels, the human eye can detect differences in sharpness down to about 600ppi at the average viewing distance of a phone.

posted on 05 May 2015, 07:58 8

57. pixelated (Posts: 68; Member since: 03 May 2015)


iSheeps are ready to jump everywhere!!

posted on 05 May 2015, 08:00 2

58. bodzio1809 (Posts: 357; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


It all depends on optimalization and newest tech screen. Samsung could probably do the same or even better battery efficient screen with "just" fullHD resolution. Also keep in mind that higher resolution screen means higher resolution UI etc. In other words more work for CPU and GPU.

Some people can see difference. Do you think that a little sharper screen is worth loosing battery life and performance? Just look at Z3C battery life.

posted on 05 May 2015, 08:33 9

63. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


Sorry, mate. But GSMArena's battery life table shows that S6 still manages to come close to S5's scores (even beats it at Web browsing and Video playback)

(Scores are Endurance Rating, 3G Talk Time, Web Browsing and Video Playback)

Samsung Galaxy S5 83h 27:37h 9:39h 11:15h
Samsung Galaxy S6 73h 19:48h 10:56h 12:12h

And oh please, S6's performance is TOP NOTCH.

posted on 05 May 2015, 08:40 2

68. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Good1. Neither he saw an Ativ S personally. Samsung reused its own design :)

posted on 05 May 2015, 08:46 2

69. bodzio1809 (Posts: 357; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Imagine S6 performance and battery life with "just" fullHD display. +1h or more onscreen time? Much better onscreen (displayed in full res) performance? I know that most games use 720p and 1080p.

Do you know that S5 is much older than S6 and it got older tech display etc. (hardware)? Also keep in mind that GSMArena do test on 50% brightness screen. So it's 274 cd/m2 for S5 and 208 for S6.

posted on 05 May 2015, 08:51

71. JunitoNH (Posts: 1931; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Hence, all the battery drain being reported. As you said, big deal, on a 5.1". This I want on my 60" TV. +1

posted on 05 May 2015, 08:58 1

78. Muayyad (Posts: 236; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Frame rate suffers for such a small display.

posted on 05 May 2015, 08:58 1

79. bodzio1809 (Posts: 357; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


It's all about marketing. People love numbers. Sometimes more don't mean better. Even 720p on ~5 inch screen is OK. In following years 2K will be meh. Most people will tell that they can see difference between 2K and 4K on 5-6 ich screen. Remember people praise product that they have or they want.

posted on 05 May 2015, 09:24 1

83. Shocky (unregistered)


Nope, it's not a disadvantage at all.

Games typically don't run at the displays native resolution and battery life on OLED didn't suffer from 1080p to 1440p.

All good game developers will stick to 1080p or 720p regardless of display resolution.

It's win win.

posted on 05 May 2015, 09:29

84. Amiet (Posts: 37; Member since: 02 Apr 2015)


People like you deserve a kick on face , Seriously mate get a life.

posted on 05 May 2015, 09:29 1

85. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


Well, you can only imagine my friend. Still, Samsung pushes its own boundaries, and wasn't going to pull behind LG, its neighbor, for QHD resolution. And to be honest, people will still complain that the screen is "just" Full HD because the Note 4 gave everyone a taste of QHD already and it is unlikely for Samsung to fall back.

OH MY GOD I didn't know that the S5 is older than the S6! The naming scheme makes so much more sense now, thank you!

Also, keep in mind that the S6 pushes a lot more pixels than the S5.

posted on 05 May 2015, 09:34

87. bodzio1809 (Posts: 357; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


You forgot about UI, system apps and most important web browser. Also most third party apps (not games) will use 2K res. Add videos too it and you will loose a lot of battery life for a little sharper screen for some poeple.

posted on 05 May 2015, 09:34 1

89. Mithan (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


And if they had added a microSD reader, I would of bought one already.

posted on 05 May 2015, 09:40 2

91. bodzio1809 (Posts: 357; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Irony at its finest :D In my opinion it's just for marketing purpose. People like numbers and I need to deal with it. It's bad for me because I preffer battery life over barely noticable difference in screen sharpness.

posted on 05 May 2015, 09:59 1

93. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


It is true that it is for marketing purpose (for now, I'd say) and the average joe is just seeing the numbers.

For me, I've dealt with a lot of phones with pretty sh*t battery life, and an S5 sounds like the sweetest deal right now because it's more affordable and still is a performance beast.

I also once doubted the 2K screen until I saw one, and now I saw how the two S6's look and their performance has kept up with my expectations. I'd love for the chipsets and battery life to be at least up to par with their 1080p counterparts by next year.

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