HTC Q1 shipments to rise on new products: research
CNATAIPEI--Taiwan's HTC Corp., the world's No. 5 smartphone maker, could see its shipments increase in the current quarter due to the robust sales of its new products, according to a local research firm.
January 14, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Digitimes Research said Friday that it expected HTC's first-quarter shipments to grow “significantly” from the fourth quarter onward due to the launch of its new phones in late 2012, such as the HTC Butterfly; the Droid DNA, a twin model of the Butterfly; and the Windows 8-powered 8X and 8S.
As a result, the research house forecast that Taiwanese handset makers would ship 15.23 million mobile phones in the January-March quarter, representing 4-percent quarterly growth, despite a traditionally slow season for contract makers.
Taoyuan-based HTC will likely account for more than 50 percent of Taiwan's total mobile-phone shipments during this period, Digitimes said in a report, without specifying the breakdown for individual companies.
Taiwan's major handset contract makers, including Chi Mei Communications System, Arima Communications Corp., and Compal Communications Inc., may post quarterly shipment declines in the first quarter, the market research firm noted.