HTC One M8 demand is "higher than supply" in HTC's home country


HTC’s brand new One M8 was launched in the US and the UK on March 25, and it isn’t widely available around the world yet. One of the few other markets that got the M8 is Taiwan (HTC’s home country), and it looks like the smartphone is already a hit there.

Focus Taiwan reports that One M8 orders “have been doubling every day” in Taiwan since March 25, and, according to the handset’s local distributor, "demand is higher than supply right now." Unfortunately, specific sales figures aren’t available at the moment.

US mobile carriers don’t seem to have stock issues, which probably means that HTC made sure to ship enough One M8 units to North America. For now, only Verizon is selling the new HTC flagship smartphone in brick and mortar stores, the other US carriers offering it only online. Luckily for HTC, all major US operators will have the M8 in stores starting April 11 - the same day when Samsung launches its Galaxy S5.

The new One M8 is definitely a step up from the One 2013, although its Duo rear camera is still somewhat disappointing. You can read our HTC One M8 review here.

As we previously reported, HTC hopes that the new One, alongside its new Desire handsets, will help it grab 8-10% of the global smartphone market share in the long run.

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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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23 Comments

1. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Looks promising! Good luck with the sales.

2. Sauce unregistered

Such a sexy phone! If I were to upgrade my Note 2 today, it wouldn't be to a current Galaxy series (or S5), it would be to this. Still waiting for future releases though. Good luck to HTC and their newest flagship!

3. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

One Max!!!

15. roobs

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Consider the Z2 also! :)

16. Sauce unregistered

The Z2 does look promising.

4. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Got this at Verizon the morning it launched and it's the best phone I've ever had. Excellent battery life easily lasts day and night, and into the next. The camera is outstanding for what I and most people use smartphone cameras for - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, email/messaging, etc.

8. SleepingOz unregistered

The camera is decent, just decent.

12. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

For the average user it's really great. For serious photographers or those that want to print them out, then yes, just decent. For the majority, I think the camera is more than adequate. However, it would've been a much smarter move to put at least an 8mp (or preferably a 13mp) camera on the back. Why create controversy unnecessarily with a weak spec for something so scrutinized...

13. express77 unregistered

4 mp is a big "NO" for me atleast. i dont know what their problem is to give big sensor. camera ruined this beauty.

5. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Wont sell. Average consumer doesnt even know about this phone. It is not popular and htc advertising is lame and weakk!

7. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

very true, their advertising campaign is disastrous. The ads doesn't show any feature about this phone, not even the gorgeous aluminum it's wrapped in.

10. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

The ads are literally a man saying nothing. The advertising campaign would be successful for a well known brand, but not a dying company. HTC just loves to make stupid choice after stupid choice.

6. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Too bad sales have been really bad in the US

9. papss unregistered

Really? I haven't seen any statistics yet but that would be disappointing to hear.

11. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Device hasn't been out ling enough to determine sales figures f any kind.

14. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

totally BS. i left there just 2 days ago, majority of Taiwanese are using Samsung (particularly Note series), Sony and occasionally can see 1 or 2 iJunk over there. HTC is irrelevant at all. so now its either Focus Taiwan is dreaming / trolling hard, or PA needs a more reliable source next time. good luck HTC, you'll be joining Nokia club, very soon.

17. HemiHead

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Yeah sure...you know what over 50% of Taiwanese people are using do you? Do some research did you? Extensive study? Stop typing nonsense.

18. gabriel2

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

HTC has no presents in africa in terms of marketing and promoting their product i have not seen anyone with an HTC product even in some popular stores around they are rear and i can say the same about most part of europe as when i go online with some europe ip all i see is samsung galaxy s5 this galaxy s5 that its not about how beautiful your product is its all about brand

19. gabriel2

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

HTC has no presents in africa in terms of marketing and promoting their product i have not seen anyone with an HTC product even in some popular stores around they are rear and i can say the same about most part of europe as when i go online with some europe ip all i see is samsung galaxy s5 this galaxy s5 that its not about how beautiful your product is its all about brand

20. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

I guess fake scarcity helps a bit

21. gigantos

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Well I'm in Taiwan and TV ads are showing HTC One M8 all the time. But the high demand for it seems a bit overstated. Only its 16GB version has been released in mass scale, the 32/64GB versions are not displayed at big stores yet.

22. gabrielvoica

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

great phone from a great company...best phones i owned were from Htc...

23. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

When people start comparing S5 with M8 in stores they will realize how much better looking sexier the M8 is. General public wont care about specs.

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