Can HTC's superphones worry Samsung? HTC President seems to think so

Can HTC's superphones worry Samsung? HTC President seems to think so
HTC used to be a fearsome figure in the Android space. Having built both the very first and second Android phones, the manufacturer had accumulated significant experience with the OS by the time the other companies joined the party. However, a few handset generations later and HTC is no longer the go-to manufacturer for Android devices. Nowadays, it is Samsung that is the king of the Android hill. The South Koreans are selling tons of handset to millions of people, while HTC is finding it hard to cope with the highly-competitive landscape.

Even though these might be tough times for the Taiwanese, it's good to know that the spirit of the company is still strong! How do we know? Well, it turns out that the President of HTC's North Asian division, Jack Tong, has said that due to the success of the HTC DROID DNA / J Butterfly / Butterfly superphone, Samsung has been making "fewer moves" recently, in order to see what HTC is going to do next. According to Tong, that "means HTC has the ability to make Samsung worried."

Why not? Things are progressing so wildly in the mobile industry that a company can literally go from top to bottom and from bottom to top in just a couple of years. To be honest, we don't believe that Samsung will be going anywhere soon, but HTC does have a chance of making it big again, should it manage to build on the success of the DROID DNA with its upcoming smartphones.

We doubt it that Samsung is too worried right now, but it is true that Samsung can learn a thing or two from HTC.

via: AndroidAuthority

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117 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I dont think samsung is worried about HTC though.

3. SamsungFan

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

Me tooo......

4. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Yes, but they have to worry about the built quality of their devices.

12. Aeires unregistered

Not really. Samsung can change their own build quality whenever they need to.

116. fsahin

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Yes more cheaper plastics

22. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

I would agree with you on the build quality of HTC phones being better than Samsung. HTC is going to need recognize that people want phones with no compromises such as an SD card slot and removeable battery. I myself don't mind a built in battery but it needs to be large enough to handle my day to day use. HTC has no legitimate exscuse in regards to not putting in an SD slot and larger battery when Motorola was able to do so while making a thinner device.

76. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

HTC didn't put them in it because they probably save a whole $2 not doing so.

82. ECPirate37

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I LOVE HTC, but if they don't have removable batteries or expandable memory in their phones when it is time for me to buy one, I will pick another manufacturer. I have to visit many different job sites, and there isn't always a place to charge my phone. I currently carry two spare batteries with me, and cannot imagine using a phone with non-replacable batteries until battery life starts lasting 24 hours. (Which will probably not happen any time soon)

84. thelegend6657 unregistered

Well , the HTC butterfly has an SD card slot , that's a good start w

101. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

For me, it is hard to believe that Samsung will go down, hard as Nokia at least, somewhere in the future

117. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

+50000 Not mention, the reason's samsungs are so popular are because they open source the drivers(easier deving) and they make them easily hack-able. Neither of which Moto or HTC do. And guess what, both of those companies have, and continue to struggle. WAKE UP HTC AND MOTO, we don't want to buy sammys poorly built phones, we want YOUR devices, but you have to listen to us, THE CUSTOMER, not VZW etc.

63. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

HTC has the worst quality control issues in the industry. This in my opinion is worse than your "build quality issues". If you don't know this, you need to ask your friends or any sales rep. My Galaxy S2 will be 2 years in few months time without any build issues whatsoever. My Note 2 is doing great too. No locked bootloader, No need to look for a way to s-off, removable battery and external SD support. If these things are what you refer to as bad build quality, then I think I'm ready to trade any other phone for another Sammy's biggest thing.

81. TMach unregistered

Build quality is about robustness of the hardware and a reasonable expectation that it will suffer a few bumps etc without risk of deterioration. That is NOT a quality associated with Samsung and is more one more likely to be attributed to HTC et al. I had a featured article in PA about a crack that inexplicably appeared in my S3 after very little use, close to the charger port! It is for this reason among others that I shall never touch a Samsung phone....ever! Octacore, wakes you up, makes coffee and butters your toast....No way no how! Xperia Z will be my next phone!

86. xoatomxo

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

ok. you go buy a Sony. I am buying Galaxy S4 or Note 3

118. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I disagree, I currently have a Sammy Nexus, but the build quality is crap. Much worse than my Rezzy, Tbolt, Bionic, or even old TP2. That being said, I will not buy another HTC/Moto device until they realize that we will not continue to support them if they make only carrier locked phones with no development help from them. (IE Drivers, and unlocked phones)

7. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

What "moves" are they supposed to do, anyway? Send korean soldiers to Taiwan?... The Galaxy SIV launch is planned for March and until then it makes no Sense (pun intended) to make a lot of noise, so that the current products line-up sells better.

29. ubuntu

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

What about Sony? haha

39. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

of course samsung is worry about Sony. they are progressing with a fast pace and they try to cover every levels as well. except from Z/Zl which are their high end devices, Sony is working on a mid range and a low end phone as well. so, get ready Sammy.

113. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

In Asia, I guess samsung is worried and closely watching what htc is upto. As a industry insider i was watching these to giants for a while now. when HTC started with Desire V which was a top Android Dual SIM phone, Samsung came up with Galaxy S Duos and Now, Desire SV= Galaxy Grand. I think, Yes Samsung is worried about losing the market share they are having now

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

to me their products look more elegant than Sammy's, so i prefer buying htc. Sammy is getting bigger via advertising.

25. umadd

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Right, because the advertising is the only factor in making sales.

57. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Why do you think Apple sells so much? It's not like the iPhone is the best phone out there.

90. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

hmm, i dont thinkk so :D i am amazd by xperia Z, but i love touchwiz and superAmoled and s3's camera is still one of d best to date and im looking forward for their next flagship's camera capabilities..

44. TA-21

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

I used GS3 and Note ll but now i have HTC DROID DNA so i prefer to buying htc in future bcz of these; Best build quality Best design Best Screen

58. JWS65

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

I would give build and screen to DNA though Note 2 is not bad on those. But other than those, what does DNA offer better than Note 2?

60. androidsbiggestfan

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

The Note 2 has literally about 66% of screen PPI compared to the DNA? Please explain.

65. JWS65

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

What's there to explain? I already said DNA has it over note 2. 440ppi doesn't really matter unless you look at it less than inch from screen or using magnifier. Again besides that, what does DNA have over Note 2? Sure HTC is the first with 1080p screen, but everyone else is going to have that soon.

77. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Aslo you have to have verizon to use the DNA and I am not paying there overpriced fees.

61. Kev50027

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I heard that the sides of the DNA can be dented easily. Is this true? The battery life is lackluster, as well as the lack of SD card slot and replaceable battery. Even Sense is starting to look long in the tooth.

87. xoatomxo

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

Galaxy S3 and Note2 Multi-window all the way !!

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