HTC’s One handset is unlikely to save the one-time Android leader from its recent atrophying profits and market share, a survey of uSwitch Tech readers suggests.
In the fourth quarter of last year, HTC's year-on-year fourth quarter profits crashed by 90 per cent, as earlier phones in the One range struggled to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy line.
The weak showing led some tech watchers to tag the HTC One a ‘make-or-break’ device for the company if it is to avoid a return to the cult concern it was prior to the original Nexus handset. Or suffer a fate far, far worse.
Unfortunately, given that the One needs to be a massive, planet-straddling hit, it’s not looking good. At least not if the rune-reading skills of uSwitch visitors can be trusted.
In a poll of 1,768 people conducted onsite asked whether the HTC One had what it takes to rescue HTC, the vote was split exactly down the middle. That suggests to us that a sizeable proportion of potential buyers aren’t sold on the phone at all.
The survey result comes after HTC noted that manufacturing problems with the One could result in a supply shortfall when it officially goes on sale worldwide later this month.