My first 3 “Smartphones” were made by HTC.
Sadly, the Wizard was the last HTC device for both of us.
HTC makes unbelievably great phone hardware.
I gave them the funny look and told them it’s not fair to judge the HTC One based on their experience with entry level phones.
So here’s my point… HTC lost the trust of a generation (I was mostly talking to early to mid-20’s who were on their first jobs). Older guys think their ok, but the younger ones prefer (Android) devices from Samsung and Xiaomi (and lately LG).
For HTC to revive it’s glory days, it needs a device that’s inexpensive. And that device is definitely not the A9!
According to The Verge, the A9 will cost $399.99 that version will have 3GB of RAM and 32GB Storage. However, in the UK, the device will cost £429.99 ($665) for a device that will only have 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.
I wonder how much will the Asian version cost and what configuration will it have…
HTC US also promised Android updates, but again no one is sure if they’re talking about US devices only.
It’s 2015! You want your device on the hands of rappers/artists and athletes! Since HTC may have budget issues to do that, they can tap another market… High school kids! Last time I checked, they were either using an iPhone (5 and newer), Samsung Galaxy (A5/S4/Note 2 and newer) and Xiaomi!
The A9? How the mighty has fallen with no parachute!
Like what I mentioned earlier on my BlackBerry Venice post…
HTC (like BlackBerry) needs to put devices on as many hands as possible, and we’re not talking about a useless slab of glass and plastic! The device needs to be reliable and good…
A mobile phone at less than $200.00 is impulse buy territory and some parents will buy it for their children.
If people realize that the brand is ok, they will start to spend more and consider the mid-range and flagship devices later.
It’s what the Chinese OEMs are doing and maybe, HTC should try to take a peek on that strategy.