Abracadabra! HTC phones disappear from certain carrier websites
HTC continues to have its problem. At Sprint, which is the exclusive U.S. home of the HTC Bolt, the latter's sales are running at only 2% of the carrier's gross revenue. Even more frightening for HTC fans, just 4 months after the HTC 10 launched, the 2016 flagship was dropped without a trace by T-Mobile.
Back in December, one analyst said that HTC would not release any more flagship phones in the U.S. Cliff Maldonado, an analyst with BayStreet Research, said that HTC would turn its attention toward being an ODM, manufacturing phones designed by other companies. That is how HTC got its start in the business, manufacturing handsets like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, the Nexus One and the first Android model sold in the states, the T-Mobile G1.
Still, HTC will release two handsets next month that it recently unveiled. The 5.7-inch HTC U Ultra is powered by the Snapdragon 821 chipset, and the 5.2-inch HTC U Play carries the MediaTek P10 chipset under the hood.
Chialin Chang, the president of HTC’s smartphones and connected devices division, said recently that whenever a new flagship CPU is launched, HTC wants to build a new phone around it. Thus, a Snapdragon 835 powered HTC 11 is no doubt being prepped right now. The question is whether the U.S. carriers will return the brand to their online stores once the new flagship is released.