HTC likely to give away its leading positions in the US as 4G LTE device maker

HTC likely to give away its leading positions in the US as 4G LTE device maker
HTC was the first company to jump on the 4G LTE bandwaggon with its HTC ThunderBolt for Verizon Wireless last year, but the big, bulky, battery eater formula failed it in the last couple of quarters and now as competition heats up, the Taiwanese company is likely to step back from its leading positions.

With Verizon promising to have only 4G LTE smartphones in the future, the upcoming expansion of AT&T’s LTE network and Sprint’s LTE efforts, most phone manufacturers like Samsung, LG and Motorola are starting to focus more on devices with 4G connectivity.

HTC in return is trying to regain its positions with the newly announced HTC One series expected to arrive in mid-2012. The Taiwanese company dominated the US LTE market by the last quarter of 2011 when the race picked up and the iPhone 4S took over in sales.

The statistics illustrate this well: while 4G smartphones accounted for a mere 6% of all smartphones sold in 2010, in 2011 that number grew to 35%. 

HSPA+ models like the iPhone 4S made up 22% of all smartphone sales in Q4 2011, LTE smartphones grabbed a 7% piece of the smartphone pie and Sprint’s WIMAX devices accounted for 6% of total smartphone sales.

source: DigiTimes

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7 Comments

1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

4G as the main signal and 3G as backup.. Sweet..... battery hog phones :p

2. thelegend6657 unregistered

HTC > Samsung .

3. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Anyone decrypt this article yet?

4. jabberwocky

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

If they can't bring the HTC One X to most carriers because Tegra 3 is not compatible with LTE (example being AT&T getting an S4 in their "XL" instead), isn't kind of obvious that they'll be suffering until very late this year when the new Tegra 3 with built-in radios shows up? They're going to get chewed up by other manufacturers who can bring true top-end devices into the fray. To their benefit, I have seen very few of their competitors ready to do that. Some like Samsung didn't even bring a top tier phone to MWC.

5. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

why must they bring in 4S into the article? they are not even 4G phones..

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

why bring your negativity to this article?...

6. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

danm f*ck happen to HTC, lets hope they come back and start making phone the people will enjoy. Imagine the One X with a stock ICS software, a 12mp camera with the same design..

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