Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

HTC Smartphone President Resigns

HTC Smartphone President Resigns

HTC executive Chialin Chang, who first joined the company back in 2012 as CFO, has resigned. In the last quarterly financial results, HTC's consolidated income dropped six-month low to TWD 3.403 billion (approximately Rs. 745 crores), a decrease year-over-year of 27.03 percent. In the aftermath of that deal, HTC today announced that Chialin Chang is stepping down as President of the company's Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, effective immediately, with no one named as his replacement. HTC's website lists Chang's reason for leaving as "personal career path", while reports suggest he plans to launch an AI startup later this year.

Chang's departure from HTC is likely due to the company's steadily decreasing smartphone sales and the fact that it was unable to regain its footing in its home country of China. An HTC handset said to be the HTC U12 (aka Imagine) was recently photographed at a 5G event run by a local carrier in Taiwan. However, it remains to be seen how active HTC will be in that sector, now that its talented mobile team is over at Google. Some speculate that the HTC U12 might be the company's last flagship, but nothing is confirmed at this point. We expect the device to carry a 6-inch display, and come with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The move comes months after Google made a decision to buy the smartphone design and engineering team from HTC for $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,000 crores), and it could be the outcome of the plan that was reportedly aimed to streamline the company's smartphone lineup this year.

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HTC's Smartphone Chief Chialin Chang Resigns

HTC's smartphone Chief Chialin Chang resigns.

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