Released in China at the end of April, the HTC One that’s available there is different from the international version: it has dual SIM support, MicroSD card slot, and a removable back cover. All these, alongside the rest of its features, have made the One really successful in China.
While there are no sales numbers disclosed for now, Focus Taiwan / CNA is quoting TrendForce analyst Wilson Miao, who said that “the level of enthusiasm for the new HTC flagship device turned out to be a lot higher than anticipated.”
TrendForce has conducted a survey in late April, revealing that 45.1% of Chinese consumers were willing to buy an HTC One. A similar percent of customers were willing to buy a Samsung Galaxy S4 when this was released in China (also at the end of April). Of course, it’s a long way from “willing to buy” to actually buying a product, but it’s clear that HTC’s flagship is a bit of a threat to the Galaxy S4.
Meanwhile, Samsung has reportedly sold more 6 million Galaxy S4 units around the world as of May 10. I doubt HTC One sales numbers are anywhere near that – but this doesn’t mean HTC won’t sell an important number of them throughout the year.