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HTC remains in smartphone top 10 in Q1: Digitimes

TAIPEI--Taiwan's HTC Corp. remained one of the world's top 10 smartphone makers in the first quarter despite sliding sales figures, according to local market research firm Digitimes Research.

In its latest survey, Digitimes said HTC's first-quarter smartphone shipments totaled 4.2 million units, much lower than the 6.5 million units shipped the previous quarter, causing its global market share to fall from 3.06 percent to 2.12 percent.

South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. remained the top vendor in the first quarter with a 29-percent market share, followed by Apple Inc. (18.8 percent), LG Electronics Inc. (5.2 percent), Sony Mobile Communications (4 percent) and Huawei Technologies Co. (3.8 percent).

Rounding out the top 10 list were: ZTE Corp., Lenovo Group, BlackBerry and Nokia Oyj.

Digitimes forecast that with the growing popularity of the handheld devices worldwide, global shipments of smartphones will reach 219 million units in the second quarter of the year, after exceeding 198 million units the previous quarter.

In contrast to Digitimes' survey, tech tracking firm Gartner Inc. previously reported that HTC fell out of the top 10 in the first quarter to 11th in the world with a 2.5 percent share of the smartphone market during the period.

The Gartner report found that HTC shipped 5.36 million smartphones in the first three months of 2013.

South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. remained the top vendor in the first quarter with a 30.8 percent market share, followed by Apple Inc. (18.2 percent), LG Electronics Inc. (4.8 percent), Huawei Technologies Co. (4.4 percent) and ZTE Corp. (3.8 percent), Gartner reported.

The report did not identify those ranked sixth to 10th.

HTC, which faces stiff competition from bigger rivals Samsung and Apple, reported revenues of NT$42.8 billion (US$1.43 billion) during the January-March period, plunging 29 percent from the previous quarter and 37 percent from the year earlier period.

The company attributed the lower-than-forecast revenue in the first quarter to delayed shipments of its new flagship HTC One in certain markets.

Hong Kong-based brokerage CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets predicted in early May that HTC's second-quarter revenue will grow by nearly 68 percent to NT$72 billion, as the company's supply constraints for the new HTC One have eased.

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