Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has been stuck in a downward spiral for ages now, with things pretty much turning to crap after the success of the original HTC Desire.
In more bad news for the Taiwanese (as if we haven’t had enough already), we’re told that they’re facing supply issues with the HTC One mini, fuelling speculation of an imminent net quarterly loss.
That’s the word according to Reuters, which in turn gives credit to two anonymous sources that “declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak on behalf of HTC”. Cheeky.
Source 1 says the HTC One mini supply issues are partly on account of “a casing shortage arising from design difficulties”.
The second guy chimes in to say that HTC is failing to meet telecom and consumer demand for the One mini, though crystal balls suggest the intended figure was only ever 200,000 or so per month.
Needless to say, HTC declined to comment, perhaps choosing instead to drown its sorrows in some bubble tea.
The Taiwanese manufacturer has struggled of late, despite garnering a ton of critical acclaim for the HTC One, widely hailed as the Sexiest Phone of All Time.
The HTC One Max will be their biggest phone to date (literally), though it’s keeping an oddly low profile. It was expected to make an appearance at IFA alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but failed to show face.
Back in 2011, HTC was very much the darling of the Android world, with the original HTC Desire considered a genuine iPhone beater. More recently, Samsung has dominated the Android scene, much to the chagrin of HTC, Sony, LG, and pretty much everyone who isn't Samsung.