HTC One M8 activations still going strong in the US, despite the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S5


HTC America president Jason Mackenzie today told CNET that activations of the new One M8 smartphone were still “going strong” in the third and fourth weeks of availability, following the handset's initial March 25 release. Of course, Mackenzie only talks about activations in the US, so at the moment we can’t tell if the One M8 is as successful in other markets.

We also don’t know exactly how many One M8 units were sold until now. However, Jason Mackenzie said that these last weeks “outperformed” almost every week of sales in 2013, except for a couple of weeks when US carriers offered back-to-school deals.

So it looks like the arrival of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 (which was launched in the US on April 11) didn’t affect demand for the One M8. This, however, doesn’t mean that much if Samsung’s handsets continue to outsell HTC’s devices - like it happened last year.

Earlier today, HTC revealed a One M8 Harman Kardon Edition, which is exclusive to Sprint and will be available starting May 9. Apparently, this special edition of the M8 is one of HTC’s efforts to “stand out.”

Back to the regular One M8, CNET has it that a new commercial for it (featuring Gary Oldman) should be released in late May, or early June. By that time, perhaps HTC will also introduce the rumored One M8 mini and One M8 Ace.

source: CNET

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25 Comments

1. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Any S5 buyers remorsing now? Just curious because I want to know if HTC's ad was accurate. :D

8. Furbal unregistered

Negative, wp 8.1 on my 1520 is making me second think my s5 purchase more than the m8

2. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

poor decision making as usual, in US style

3. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

I guess that you can make better decisions than them? Because you called theirs poor, in US style.

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I expect some numbers, but this seems like great news for HTC anyway. Go strong and stay strong!

5. wilsong17 unregistered

O they want a cookie ... enjoy while it last note 4

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Still think the better deal would be the OnePlus One, whenever they decide to REALLY release that phone for sale...

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Other than the terrible two-headed monster camera, the HTC One M8 is a nice phone. I'm hoping HTC gets their act together and makes the plastic M8, "Ace", complete with a single 8MP or 13MP OIS camera. And that they price it around $350-400 so they can give OnePlus One a run for the money.

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

That would be nice, at least we need more major players to dethrone the Apple/Samsung duopoly, competition it's healthy

9. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

One website says "sales going strong" another says "stock of HTC m8s still high at stores."

10. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The "stocks of HTC m8s still high at stores", probably means that the carriers see high demand for the m8 that they have to buy much much more :) probably.....probably. only numbers will tell.

12. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Gee that's weird, wait no it's not. The 4 megapixel camera has no issues yet Samsung's 16mp camera that takes average shots is messing up. Screw Samsung and their lack of motivation towards change and innovation. They've become too comfortable with their bad design. The note 4 should save them, the s4 and note 3 are their best devices still.

13. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I have yet to see somebody that owns the htc m8.

14. true1984

Posts: 865; Member since: May 23, 2012

i have yet to see somebody that owns the s5. they're still relatively new, give it a while

15. engineer-1701d unregistered

i know lots plus i played with my co workers still not sure what i am doing 1+1 or one m8 or moto or stick with my gs3 hate my carrier love my phone.

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Carriers, especially the big ones, are the great ruiners of Android phones. When I got my Note 3, I was astounded as to how much ATT garbage there was on it. Now I know if an Android phone isn't easily rootable, I don't buy it.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Or just see if you can get it elsewhere. If its on the Play Store....no carrier garbage, or so lil its almost unnoticeable. If you can get it from the OEM's site....you are good to go. Moto just started a credit type thing a few years ago for getting phones from their site. Unlocked from Ebay or Amazon is good too. Not tied to any carrier.

23. mayurjadhav05

Posts: 3; Member since: May 01, 2014

i am using htc one M8 gold which i bought from HK just 2 hours its availability in one of Fortress stores & its leagues ahead in terms of user interface & build quality compared to Shamesung S5.

24. mayurjadhav05

Posts: 3; Member since: May 01, 2014

i am using HTC one M8 gold edition which i bought from HK just after 2 hrs of its release in fortress stores & its leagues ahead in terms of user interface & build quality compared to Samsung S5.

17. newbey123

Posts: 701; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Not surprised by this. The M8 is an amazing phone and best android available right now. Good work HTC.

18. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Galaxy S5 > HTC One M8

25. mayurjadhav05

Posts: 3; Member since: May 01, 2014

Keep both phones together.. Use them & feel them & then say :) i was using samsung but not anymore

20. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Besides geeks, no one, but no one, purchases a phone in the play store.

21. jexxx

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

That's what they said when the old htc one was launched. Look what happened.

22. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Keep it up HTC. I'm still waiting for the HTC One M8 "Ace"

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