HTC’s new One A9 given approval for domestic sales
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.