We have finally got the sales figure that we were waiting for. An HTC Exec claims that HTC One has crossed the 5 million sales mark. Now this would be a great achievement for the Taiwanese giant as they were hoping to make some progress in the Smartphone market with this device in 2013.
Although the company started out well earlier this year, with the device getting the best new Smartphone award at MWC, the last few months have not been pleasant. HTC One was launched back in April but the device was not readily available for sale due to severe component shortage. The company was facing issues with a camera component used in the device and hence many customers who went to buy the device in the early days had to return back empty handed. The shortage is sure to have affected the sales of the device adversely and we were left to wonder whether the device would do well in the market.
But now hearing that the company has sold over 5 million units, we are quite relieved. Yesterday evening we had reported that Samsung Galaxy S4 had managed to cross the 10 million mark within a matter of 26 days and although HTC has a long way to go to reach this milestone, today’s news shows that the company still has some hope.
When we compare the launch date of both the smartphones, we see that they were released around the same time. HTC One was launched in US, China and other markets around mid April which was only one to two weeks before the S4 launch. But when we put the supply issue into consideration, we can safely say that both the devices were available around the same time.
According to a HTC Exec, “Orders are pretty good so far and are still more than what we can supply. 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.”.
If the company manages to make amends and solve the supply problem, we are sure that the sales would get the much needed momentum. With the company exec stating that the production is all set to double in the coming months, it would be interesting to see whether the device performs to its potential.