HTC returns to the black in Q2, thanks to the HTC One (M8)
The turnaround is led by the HTC One (M8), the company's current flagship Android flavored handset. Taking the same award winning design it used for the HTC One (M7) in 2013, HTC expanded the size of the screen to 5 inches for the HTC One (M8), and added the much requested microSD slot. And instead of settling for the Snapdragon 600 processor, HTC opted for the Snapdragon 801 CPU. On the back, the Duo camera set up allows HTC One (M8) users to change the focal point of a photograph, even after it has been processed. While the 2600mAh battery doesn't offer the capacity seen on the cells used by the competition, HTC has done a good job of optimizing the battery so that users can get a full day of usage without having to recharge the phone.
Despite turning a profit in the quarter, some analysts are concerned that the HTC One (M8) is going to run out of steam once the rumored Samsung Galaxy F is released, and the Apple iPhone 6 is launched.
Also helping HTC's fortunes in the quarter was the release of the entry-level HTC Desire 816, designed for emerging markets. And the company also reduced its marketing, something that Chief Financial Officer Chialin Chang had forecast in May.
HTC One (M8)
1. Furbal (Posts: 401; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Glad to hear. Just picked one up on Monday! My s5 is boring now.
Already rooted and playing with Roms.
2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1458; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Same here. HTC did need a break from its financial problem they were having for a long time.
4. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
It's nice to see, but it's hard to sympathize with their financial troubles. They made their own bed with investments in the likes of OnLive, Beats Audio, and Ultrapixel cameras. The thing about swinging for home runs is that you're going to strike out quite a few times too.
6. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 911; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
How was Beats Audio a bad investment? They actually sold it for more than what they bought it so i don't see how it was a bad investment...
9. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
It never did anything to really enhance HTC's brand. If HTC were in the game of buying low and selling high, they should just get a good stockbroker.
14. VLaRueC (Posts: 131; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
I take it you're not in sales. If so, you'd rethink your post.
3. amats69 (Posts: 1129; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
And the well receive HTC one E8 will help hTC earn more profit. It is so glad to hear that a good company like HTC is still surviving and not giving up on the fight that easily.. Good Luck!
5. Planterz (Posts: 1077; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Put a proper camera on the M9 and I'll help with their profits.
8. tarek1980 (Posts: 81; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
For me the most important point regarding HTC is respect for the customers, UI and system updates are really fast, and they made the Sense UI lag free.
Adding the SD card slot was really good step, next year flagship (M9) will be missing replaceable & bigger battery and at least "8" MP Ultra Pixel Due camera.
I think so many people will welcome replaceable battery and they will prefer it more than zero gap stuff, LG G3 this year provided replaceable battery and this is really so much welcomed step.
13. Beijendorf (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
The number of people that want a replacable battery are tiny. Especially compared to the number of people that want a nice design and trouble-free water proofing.
19. Slammer (Posts: 1121; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
False. Recent polls have indicated that given the "Preference" of removable battery regardless of brand, 52% would certainly be in favor of it. This is far more than a "tiny" number.
22. Beijendorf (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
You're forgetting poll bias. Is the poll asked among the general public, or in a specific forum?
Please post said poll.
24. Slammer (Posts: 1121; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
As recent as June 2nd, phonearena's Daniel P. released the results and showed a 53% favor for removable batteries.
Android central also posted similar results.
I prefer removable batteries and many of my colleagues are growing tired of not having accessibility to their batteries.
20. techloverNYC (Posts: 422; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
I never understand whats the point of removable battery anymore. Since these days I just carry around an extra battery pack with me. The one i got is like about the size of a piece of gum.
25. Slammer (Posts: 1121; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Maybe you would understand if you knew that roughly 40% percent of device issues are caused by faulty or failing batteries. Would you accept having an OEM tv remote not having a removable battery and fork over $200 for a new remote due to failed batteries? Or would you just go to your corner store and throw in new batteries?
The more you need to depend on an external battery pack or be tethered to a wall, means something is wrong with the internal battery and needs to be repaired. Ignoring this can result in more severe damage to the device. People underestimate the failure rate of the most crucial component in a device. I'm shocked that self-proclaimed tech enthusiasts are ignorant to this. My 30 year service technician experience allows me to view this differently.
11. leftheodo (Posts: 68; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Good for HTC. They deserve more than they get. The M8 is an excellent phone and Sense has become the best android overlay as it was back in 2008. It's nice to see the company that made the first nexus and the first popular android phone ( HTC EVO ), getting back to the game. Btw I own a NOTE 3
15. youlookfoolish (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
Top marks, HTC. Great product. Put a real camera in the M9 and you might dominate the world.
17. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Along with a exclusive Cpu, not Snapdragon, cause there are way much better Socs than snapdragon. And PwvrRouge Gpu6630.
18. Slammer (Posts: 1121; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
This editorial is skewered. From what I'm hearing and reading elsewhere, sales have been stagnant. It is cost cutting measures that have given profit margin for HTC. Not sales.
21. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 200; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)
m8 is great and galaxy f is also toooo ugly like s5