HTC’s new One A9 given ap­proval for do­mes­tic sales

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions reg­u­la­tor has ap­proved a lon­gan­tic­i­pated hand­set from HTC Corp. ( ) that the Tai­wanese smart­phone maker hopes will bol­ster its lineup and fend off com­pe­ti­tion from other bud­get phone ven­dors.

The Na­tional Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­mis­sion’s ( NCC) ap­proval no­tice is­sued on Mon­day cer­ti­fied that the HTC One A9 will be com­pat­i­ble with the 700 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz fre­quency bands of Tai­wan’s 4G Long-Term Evo­lu­tion (LTE) net­work.

The ap­proval also sig­naled that the ru­mored me­tal-clad mid-range smart­phone could hit stores in Tai­wan in the next few weeks, co­in­cid­ing with an HTC online press event set for Oct. 20 at which the com­pany is ex­pected to un­veil a new hand­set run­ning on Google Inc.’s An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

HTC re­ported on Mon­day a lower- than- ex­pected loss per share for the third quar­ter thanks to com­pany-wide mea­sures to re­duce costs.

The Taoyuan-based com­pany’s rev­enue in the July-Septem­ber quar­ter was NT$21.40 bil­lion (US$654.8 mil­lion), in line with its pre­vi­ous es­ti­mates, while its op­er­at­ing loss de­clined to NT$4.94 bil­lion from NT$5.1 bil­lion in the sec­ond quar­ter.

HTC’s third-quar­ter net loss af­ter tax was NT$4.48 bil­lion, or a loss per share of NT$5.41, lower than the loss per share of be­tween NT$5.51 and NT$5.85 orig­i­nally forecast by the com­pany.

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