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Executive calls iPhone ‘boring’

Staff writer, with CNA

An executive of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp (宏達電) blasted Apple Inc’s iPhone as a “boring” handset due to its lack of unique features, despite Apple’s record-breaking quarterly revenues.

HTC senior global online communications manager Jeff Gordon congratulated Apple for selling a more-than-expected 74.5 million iPhones and generating a record-high US$74.6 billion in revenue in the last three months of last year on the back of the big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

“Congrats to Apple on an amazing quarter. It’s not that I dislike Apple — in fact I use a MacBook Air — but that I find the iPhone terribly boring,” he tweeted on Wednesday last week.

Gordon said the iPhone is an “easy choice” that fails to fit his desire for “a phone that’s more unique, more personal, more stunning when I take it out of my pocket.”

The HTC executive had tweeted on Dec. 31 last year that his company’s product roadmap for this year will be the “best ever,” with “some huge surprises that will blow you away.” He did not elaborate.

Earlier this month, the Taoyuan-based phone manufacturer sent out media invitations for an event to be held on March 1, a day before the Mobile World Congress tech fair that is to take place from March 2 to March 5 in Barcelona, Spain.

Media reports have speculated that the company will launch the successor to its flagship HTC One M8 at the fair, the world’s largest mobile phone trade show, in a bid to steal the spotlight from other handset manufacturers.

The next-generation HTC flagship phone is allegedly codenamed “Hima” and is expected to sport a 5-inch quad-HD screen with a resolution of 1,440x2,560 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 eight-core chipset, 3GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera, a 13-megapixel front camera and a 3,500mAh battery, according to reports.

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