While recent reports across the markets state that HTC going through troubled times because of an exodus of employees, it seems that the company's HTC One flagship phone could yet save the day. In an interview with WSJ, an employee, who didn't wish to be named, has said that the HTC has sold around “five million” pieces of its flagship smartphone since launch.
While the source wishes to go unaccredited, this piece of information seems to show that all is not lost for the company. However, it does bring to light what was always suspected. HTC, even with its flagship phone, is struggling to keep up with rival Samsung. The Android market leader recently announced that it shipped around 10 million Galaxy S4s across markets in less than a month.
While the phone may have hit the 5 million sale mark, the HTC One is still hard to find
In the report, the executive was quoted saying that “orders are pretty good so far and are still more than we can supply.” The executive went on to address the supply issues that the company has been facing, stating that component shortages were the main reason for the issues. He also spoke about the company needing some more time to get a better idea about how its flagship smartphone was accurately doing in the markets. Of course, this would depend on widescale availability of the phone in the markets.
While the company stated that the HTC One would be available across the world markets in one go, various delays have been caused due to supply problems and component shortages. Several markets were affected by this, including India, where the phone is still only unofficially available in the grey market or under pre-order.