HTC to sell plastic One M8
HTC Corp (宏達電) will release a plastic version of its newest flagship smartphone in China next month to undercut the prices of competing products like Samsung Electronics Co’s Galaxy S5, according to a media report. The only difference between the current HTC One M8 and the plastic version will be the casing material, as the hardware specifications and software features will be almost the same, Chinese business news portal TMT Post reported on Saturday, citing unidentified sources. The plastic version of the M8 will cost about 3,000 Chinese yuan (US$500), compared with 5,299 Chinese yuan for the metal-clad M8 that went on sale in China on Friday last week, the report said.
Shipments to grow 5.2%
Worldwide smartphone shipments will grow in the second quarter with the arrival of the industry’s traditional peak season, market researcher TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) said. Smartphone shipments will grow 5.2 percent during the April-June period from the previous quarter, it said in a research note yesterday. In addition to the high-season effect, China’s rising Time-Division Long-Term Evolution market is also creating growth momentum for smartphone shipments and upgraded smartphone specs, it said. The quarterly shipment growth for Chinese-brand handsets is expected to exceed 10 percent, higher than the market average, TrendForce predicted.