Smartphone-related reports this quarter are all about Samsung and Apple, their lawsuits, their popular phones and their record profits — but behold, HTC still has a chance to compete and one analyst is claiming that the maker of the HTC one X can take the third spot in the race.
As reported by Barrons, Bernstein Research’s Pierre Ferragu said in a note that HTC remains to be the only contender “to be a profitable #3 Smartphone vendor,” despite slipping sales and disappointing smartphones. the HTC one X is the company’s “flagship” device, but many were not impressed mainly due to poor battery life.
Side note: for starters, HTC’s one X features a 4.7-inch Super LCD HD display and a quad-core CPU, but the company has decided to use an 1,800mAh battery. Battery life tests show that the HTC one X “can’t deliver a full day use,” and the only way to make the battery life longer is to not use it and put the phone to sleep. Our tests show that the screen consumes 50 to 60 per cent of the battery. in short, at least for us, HTC’s “battery team” failed, whilst the design team wins.
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Ferragu also claims that the Taiwan brand is “not as visible as either of the giants’, but still it is very strong,” citing satisfaction levels among HTC users rating second only to iPhone.
Samsung is currently the biggest phone seller and its new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3, is reportedly the most popular smartphone of AT&T and Verizon Wireless this month and last month. It is also the most popular device of T-Mobile USA, additional reports say.
The Samsung Galaxy S3, in the United States, is available in almost all major carriers, while HTC’s one X is limited to AT&T’s network only, but the company offers a variant called “Evo 4G LTE” for Sprint and the mid-range HTC one S for T-Mobile USA.
Meanwhile, Apple will reportedly launch the iPhone 5 in September, and it will support LTE, NFC, will include a larger display and a new design.
No word yet on HTC’s next smartphone, but if it can release a smartphone with a respectable battery life and a “more vanilla” Android operating system, then I think it has a chance in the lucrative world of smartphones.