HTC outsourcing some low-end smartphone production

HTC outsourcing some low-end smartphone productionDespite producing two of the most critically acclaimed flagships of recent years in the HTC One and HTC One M8, the larger picture has seen the Taiwanese manufacturer on a seemingly endless downward spiral.

HTC is predicting a return to profitability in Q2, however, and a spot of outsourcing surely can’t do any harm at this stage.

Credit goes to The Wall Street Journal’s Eva Dou, with further credit going to – you guessed it – anonymous “people familiar with the matter”.

It’ll mostly be low-end phones being outsourced for now, with higher-end stuff like the HTC One M8 still being manufactured in-house. All going well, HTC should save a few quid.

Taiwan’s Compal is busy beavering away on HTC Desires, and also puts together stuff for none other than Nokia.

Meanwhile, over in China, the Wingtech Group is thought to be building the HTC Desire 616, an octa-core phone with a wallet-friendly price tag. Wingtech also churns out stuff for Xiaomi.

In other HTC news, the HTC M8 Ace is threatening to come along with a plastic body and massively undercut the Samsung Galaxy S5, while the HTC One M8 Prime will likely push the boat out on specs.

All in all, certainly sounds more promising than what we’re used to from HTC. Good luck, chaps.

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