HTC One sees "pretty good" sales of 5 million, far less than the Galaxy S4

HTC is having a little difficulty at the minute retaining top executives and talent after the company has gone into "free fall." In Q1 2013, HTC saw a net income of just $2.88 million on total sales of $1.45 billion. The recently released HTC One was hailed as a better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S4, but many expected the Galaxy S4 to dramatically outsell the One. 

According to the Wall Street Journal (paywalled), via Android Authority, an unnamed HTC executive told the publication that sales were "pretty good" so far, with "around 5 million" units selling. The HTC One has been available for four months, averaging around 1.25 million units per month. For contrast, Samsung claims to have shipped 10 million handsets in just one month. 

Over the past week, there have been various reports about the health of HTC, after key members of staff left due to uncertainty about the future of the company. Headline devices, such as the HTC (Facebook) First have been all but killed off, and poor earnings results has caused stock to collapse. The deal between HTC and Facebook soured after Facebook decided to make Facebook Home available to all Android devices via Google Play

Source: WSJ (paywalled), Android Authority

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5 million is pretty good - selling less than the GS4 isn't exactly 'news' though. Very negative spin put on this article headline.

HTC was the pioneer of modern smartphones. Not apple or microsh!t or samsung. It's really sad to hear about their decline. I can't help feel they engaged in designed obsolescence with their first smartphones. They'd fall apart within a year, but were slick as skip.

Its confusing how HTC cannot be doing well, when their phones are exceptional! I have an HTC Evo 4G LTE, its beautifully designed and thin, powerful, very nice interface, even has kickstand to watch videos and is very fast!

astropheed said,
Lack of MicroSD slot is likely the primary deal breaker for most people.

I have not met a single person off of the internet that cares about expandable storage.

Interesting. On company (HTC) sees their stock down 37% over the past year, and they are collapsing. One company (MSFT) hit a 52 week high, up 34% and some around here are saying the company is on the edge of collapse. Another company (AAPL) was recently at their 52 week low, down 45%, and they are considered a success that is about to take over the world!

StephenBratz said,
Interesting. On company (HTC) sees their stock down 37% over the past year, and they are collapsing. One company (MSFT) hit a 52 week high, up 34% and some around here are saying the company is on the edge of collapse. Another company (AAPL) was recently at their 52 week low, down 45%, and they are considered a success that is about to take over the world!

You may want to check a historical charts for the three companies you mentioned, five years at least I suggest. Very educative.....

StephenBratz said,
Interesting. On company (HTC) sees their stock down 37% over the past year, and they are collapsing. One company (MSFT) hit a 52 week high, up 34% and some around here are saying the company is on the edge of collapse. Another company (AAPL) was recently at their 52 week low, down 45%, and they are considered a success that is about to take over the world!

IT press lives on hysteria

Fritzly said,

You may want to check a historical charts for the three companies you mentioned, five years at least I suggest. Very educative.....

I have checked them a number of times. And what I see is that MSFT is no where collapsing, and has been doing quite well this year despite the "failure" that people like to claim is Win8. AAPL is sharply down, but not on the verge of collapse either. And HTC is not down even half of where it was 5 years ago.

Of course, a month ago MSFT was down 4% in one day. This site made a big deal about it, but MSFT has gained about $5 (over 15%) since then, and is a little bit off their 52 week high. We see reports of IBM passing MSFT, but when MSFT overtakes IBM by quite a bit, nothing is said there. A big deal of GOOG passing MSFT was made, but now they keep trading places, but it is no big news. MSFT announces their game console, and they go down a little (while the whole market is down) and it means they are failing, but Sony dropped 5% in the couple days after their announcement, and not a peep.

The point is that we have a protected class (AAPL) who can drop nearly 50% and it is similar to Baghdad Bob - nothing to worry about. But other companies go down or even go up, and they are doomed, doomed I tell you! HTC is not in a good place, but to claim that they are over because of their stock is not telling the whole story.

And, of course, Nokia needs to be mentioned. Because remember, only Android would have saved them. But here we have a company that dropped everything for Android, with only a vague attempt at WP8, and, according to this site, they are on the edge of the cliff.

StephenBratz said,

I have checked them a number of times. And what I see is that MSFT is no where collapsing, and has been doing quite well this year despite the "failure" that people like to claim is Win8. AAPL is sharply down, but not on the verge of collapse either. And HTC is not down even half of where it was 5 years ago

Apple is down from its highest point 36% quite different, at least in my book, than almost 50%. Said that, enough for me to start buying it as I did
MSFT is up and at the moment I stopped accumulating it. Again for now....
HTC is in big trouble but personally I see this moment as the perfect one to buy it.
Nokia.... I am still debating.
For financial news I check the WSJ and FT; on site as Neowin or Macrumors; comments and opinions of fanboys, of both sides, are, besides groundless, something for a god laugh.

Fritzly said,

Apple is down from its highest point 36% quite different, at least in my book, than almost 50%. Said that, enough for me to start buying it as I did
MSFT is up and at the moment I stopped accumulating it. Again for now....
HTC is in big trouble but personally I see this moment as the perfect one to buy it.
Nokia.... I am still debating.
For financial news I check the WSJ and FT; on site as Neowin or Macrumors; comments and opinions of fanboys, of both sides, are, besides groundless, something for a god laugh.

Even those papers/Web sites (WSJ & FT) are no longer trustworthy, as they have turned to fanboyism themselves - try to get a balanced review of anything from Mossberg and you will be waiting a long time.

The stock price used to be a good indicator of a company's health, but no longer. MSFT is not in trouble, neither is APPL. And HTC is in trouble over their earnings, but their stock price, wile saying down ~50% sounds bad, it is not really.

StephenBratz said,
Interesting. On company (HTC) sees their stock down 37% over the past year, and they are collapsing. One company (MSFT) hit a 52 week high, up 34% and some around here are saying the company is on the edge of collapse. Another company (AAPL) was recently at their 52 week low, down 45%, and they are considered a success that is about to take over the world!

One word - SPECULATION

The entire global stock market's fundamentals are SPECULATION

Ezekiel Carsella said,
wow. SAmmy winning 2 to 1 not bad

"The HTC One has been available for four months, averaging around 1.25 million units per month. For contrast, Samsung claims to have shipped 10 million handsets in just one month. "

not a rate or 2 to 1

Deviate_X said,

"The HTC One has been available for four months, averaging around 1.25 million units per month. For contrast, Samsung claims to have shipped 10 million handsets in just one month. "

not a rate or 2 to 1

But the HTC One has been on sale for just under 2 months and not 4! So 2 to 1 is correct

hobsgrg said,

But the HTC One has been on sale for just under 2 months and not 4! So 2 to 1 is correct


Actually it's been on sale since March (according to Wikipedia) so that's a solid 3 months as we're heading into June. That puts the S4 at roughly a 6:1 ratio.

Stokkolm said,

Actually it's been on sale since March (according to Wikipedia) so that's a solid 3 months as we're heading into June. That puts the S4 at roughly a 6:1 ratio.

around 27th of march. how does that make it three months? its only on sale for less than 2 months.

hobsgrg said,

But the HTC One has been on sale for just under 2 months and not 4! So 2 to 1 is correct

That's 4 to 1....

5 Million 2 months
10 Million 1 month
10 : 2.5 per month
4:1

astropheed said,

That's 4 to 1....

5 Million 2 months
10 Million 1 month
10 : 2.5 per month
4:1

oops you are right. I assumed as the article was wrong about the months it was on sale 2:1 was right without thinking it through properly

Meh, I Like my $288 eBay Free Shipping (looks brand new) Carbon Rom 4.2.2 no contract Verizon S3

Edited by warwagon, May 23 2013, 9:53pm :

ARTICLE IS WRONG. HTC one was releases end of March(around 27th) in Germany and the UK, and in late April, in the US, China, and other markets. Thats 5 million in less than 2 months. thats 2.5 million a month.

warwagon said,
Meh, I Like my $288 eBay Free Shipping (looks brand new) Carbon Rom 4.2.2 no contract Verizon S3

Nice phone, but you still pay the same monthly rate as would a contract subscriber.

So why didn't you just get the S4, for even less money, since it is a vastly superior phone? This is assuming that you're a Samsung loyalist. Because you obviously could've gotten the One for less money than that.

Hambone72 said,

Nice phone, but you still pay the same monthly rate as would a contract subscriber.

So why didn't you just get the S4, for even less money, since it is a vastly superior phone? This is assuming that you're a Samsung loyalist. Because you obviously could've gotten the One for less money than that.

yes correct, I could have gotten a HTC one for less money than that WITH a 2 year contract. I prefer to stay out of contact. Gives me options.

How is the S4 Superior? My S3 is already running 4.2.2 and is blink speed. Is the S4 faster than blink?