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HTC shutting factories, might move to outsource smartphone production

0. phoneArena posted on 23 Oct 2013, 02:39

Both Reuters and the Wall Street Journal are reporting today that there is some major production restructuring brewing at HTC. The Journal cites its own sources who confirm that HTC has been in talks with Foxconn, Wistron and the like, for outsourcing some of its smartphone production to them. Currently HTC makes all of its phones itself, in a few factories in Taiwan and mainland China...

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posted on 23 Oct 2013, 02:51 10

1. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

Poor HTC, soon they'll go the path of Blackberry and Ericsson. Not that they made bad devices though, just really poor management and marketing.

Quick, Lenovo, buy them out!

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 21:12

7. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

Ericsson is very much in business and doing well. They just dont produce handsets for the consumer market since the Sony Ericsson restructuring. They are big in the enterprise network sector.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:01 2

2. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

No wonder their quality control was s**t. They had their own factories and they have no experience manufacturing their own parts.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 09:13 3

3. VLaRueC (Posts: 182; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)

Disregard ^ comments. HTC has plenty of experience in manufacturing...

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 20:15

6. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Plenty of experience manufacturing lemon handsets? Besides that I can't think of anything else. They don't manufacture their own displays, ram,CPU, glass, or camera lens. That leaves precious little for them to manufacture.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 09:59 1

4. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)

All HTC has to do is release a flagship "pretty phone" with REMOVABLE BATTERY & SD CARD SLOT and they will be right back in the race. Its so obvious that NOBODY (except isheep) wants a "sealed shut" phone with a tiny battery, therefore constantly having its users plugged into a wall all day like a dog on a leash. This is checkers not chess HTC...

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 13:01 1

5. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

LG (G2) and Motorola (Maxx) seem to be capable of producing good "sealed" phones that last all day. If all companies understood that a good battery is worth adding a millimeter to the device thickness, it wouldn't be such a problem.

As for SD cards, that's between them and Google.

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