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HTC plots a new tablet, revenue drops in October as iPhone effect strikes

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HTC plots a new tablet, revenue drops in October as iPhone effect strikes
HTC was recently ranked the number one smartphone maker by shipment volumes in the States eclipsing Apple and Samsung in the third quarter, but in October heaps of new products rolled out and among them the iPhone 4S, which eventually lead to a decline in HTC's global revenue for the month. The company recorded one of its rare drops in revenues, which stood at $1.46 billion, down 2.8% on the month.

Even though, HTC didn't directly point a finger at the iPhone, implicitly it was clear that the company expected the iPhone effect to hit it in October. One evidence for that it the fact that the Taiwanese lowered their Holiday quarter forecast while usually sales are the strongest then.

The company is offering high-end models across major US carriers, with the latest additions being the 4.3-inch 720p HTC Rezound, coming with a dual-core processor and all Android guts. The HTC Vivid is another heavyweight recently released by the company and it also offers the best of Android in a rectangular package and with a dual-core processor.

But the company is plotting a comeback in tablets, with a new slate expected to be launched next year. "It's a market we would like to try and test, to see whether we can make ourselves stand out and prevent a me-too product," CEO Peter Chou said.

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posted on 07 Nov 2011, 04:23 1

2. DigitalBath (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Ha ha apple released the iphone4s in Oct., HTC released what in Oct.?! Why r we comparing the 2 for the month of Oct?

Thats like saying.. hey everyone, Pinto just released its new 2011 model!!! Ferrari didnt release a model this year... oh man, look at ferraris 2011 models didnt sell and Pinto sold 1!! Ferrari has gone to s**t!! Pinto pwoned em!!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 04:53 1

3. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

It's not that, but the fact that people are wising up to HTC's policies in that they are only supporting certain phones with ICS. Plus, the build quality on some of their phones have been questionable.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 05:10 3

4. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

That's not the truth. HTC only went into a loss because most people went for the iphone 4S without actually contemplating their decision. It was an iphone, people wanted it. HTC continues to have some of the best built phones of all the phone makers. And their phones are sure to survive at least 5 drops and not shatter like a piece of over-hyped hceap glass that cracks with the first drop and shatters with the next.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 05:26 2

5. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

It took the Thunderbolt what, like 6 months to get GB? And not to add in the fact that it had so many problems before and after. And a lot of people have reported issues with HTC phones charging ports burning out.

Say what you want about the iPhone, regardless how untrue they are, at least they make their devices last. The 3GS is still able to get iOS5 which is saying a lot considering the device is two years old.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 06:41

6. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

The issue with gingerbread isn't HTC's fault.....it's verizon's. And there have been quite a few issues with the apple iphone 4 and the 4S. They take 1 1/2 years and then spit out a re-hashed design with battery head-phone jack problems. I consider that a bigger issue because of the amount of time they wasted. And if you want to compare Apples to HTCs, compare the best that release at the same time. The rezound blows the iphone 4 out of the water with better build quality, a bigger screen and heavy customization abilities. Even if the 3GS was a good phone for its time, its 2011 now and quad-cores are already going to hit us in a month or so.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 06:45

7. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the iphone effect? how about the crappy phone effect. HTC's phones lately cant keep up with samsung, not apple. The amaze vs the SGS2.. who picked the amaze? heck, any HTC phone vs the SGS2.
Maybe if they stopped shoving crapdragon processors in everything people would chose them more often.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 12:40

10. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Watch the iPhone effect smash down other phones over the holidays. Your time on PA is running out.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 07:28

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

And when the Rezound rolls out, HTC will have one of the must-have handsets again....

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:02

9. nameless1521 (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

well most of ppl don't see why should choose Rezound over Galaxy Nexus when you can have ICS instantly with better specs.

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