Good news has been hard to come by for HTC as of late, but amidst all the reports of departing executives, the company’s flagship HTC One smartphone appears to be selling well. An anonymous HTC executive has reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the manufacturer has sold “around 5 million” HTC One units since the high-end device launched last month.
That’s better than the recent gloomy reports would suggest, especially considering that the phone’s original launch was pushed back from March to late April due to manufacturing delays. This caused the One to compete head-on with other flagship rivals, most notably the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Samsung recently confirmed that the S4 has hit the 10 million sales figure it predicted last week, making it the fastest-selling Galaxy phone ever. It\’s worth noting, however, that those 10 million refer to sales to both customers and retailers. How many of the 5 million HTC One sales refer to actual customer purchases is still unclear.
HTC declined to confirm or deny the validity of the 5 million figure to TechnologyGuide, saying it \”does not comment on rumor or speculation.\”
According to the HTC exec, the company is still having trouble meeting the demand for HTC One smartphones, but is close to turning the corner. \”Orders are pretty good so far and are still more than what we can supply,” he said. “This is partly due to the shortage of components. When the issue is resolved next month, we will have a better idea if it\’s doing really well or not.”
Source: The Wall Street Journal