HTC Starts Selling Its Own-Branded Phones In China

HTC’s long been selling their devices under the  name “Dopod” in China – quite the ironic scenario considering their home turf is Taiwan – but they’re looking to change that today with the introduction of three new launches (or relaunches if you’ve already enjoyed these in other parts of the country).

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The HTC Wildfire and HTC Desire gives them balance between pleasing the superphone crowd and the crowd that just needs a phone to get them through a day. The HTC Tianyi seems to be a new handset that takes design cues from a lot of HTC’s other offerings. Notably, it has that nice trackball people love from the Nexus One, the speaker grill from the HTC EVO 4G and HTC Droid Incredible, and the shape of the aforementioned Wildfire. No specs to be had for the Tianyi but I can’t imagine it’s too much different from the Wildfire given how similar the two are. Full press details are after the break.

BEIJING, July 27 /PRNewswire/ — HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today introduced its brand and first HTC-branded devices in China. As part of its mobile operator focus, HTC also announced a partnership with China Mobile to bring future HTC phones to market and announced a new distribution partnership with China’s largest electronics distributor, GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Ltd.

“We are proud to introduce the HTC brand in China and look forward to bringing a fresh customer-centric smartphone experience to consumers in China,” said Cher Wang, chairman of HTC. “Together with our strategic partner Dopod, we have introduced many state-of-the-art phones over the past few years in China. HTC’s passion for innovation and its commitment to delighting people around the world are what drive us to improve the overall mobile experience in big and small ways. It is this customer-centric approach that has driven HTC’s global leadership position and has differentiated us.”

With a broad portfolio of innovative smartphones, HTC’s design philosophy is rooted in the belief that one size does not fit all and focuses on creating an intuitive and personalized mobile experience that is based on a unique people-centric approach. HTC has become a leading mobile brand focused on simplifying how people communicate by emphasizing improvements to little things that deeply impact the experience people have on their phones. HTC’s entry into China represents its continued growth and highlights the broad demand for its unique smartphones and the increased visibility of its brand globally.

“The pace of mobile innovation globally is moving at an extraordinary rate, and we are excited to be bringing many of our most innovative phones to China, the largest and most sophisticated mobile market in the world,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC. “HTC was founded with a vision for mobile convergence and a passion for innovation that has established us as a globally recognized mobile leader.”

HTC designs some of the world’s most popular smartphones and provides a unique opportunity to make each person’s phone experience uniquely their own. Initially coming to China are HTC’s newly unveiled smartphones with HTC Sense: The HTC Tianxi, HTC Tianyi, HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire. HTC Sense is a unique user experience focused on putting people at the center by making phones work in a more simple and natural way. This experience revolved around observing and listening to how people live and communicate.

The industry has recognized HTC’s contributions through a variety of awards including Fast Company’s 2010 Top 50 Most Innovative Companies and MIT Technology Review’s 2010 50 Most Innovative Companies. The GSMA also recently awarded the HTC Hero as the “Best Phone of 2009.” For more information on HTC’s history of industry firsts, visit www.htc.com/quietlybrilliant.

HTC has been partnering mobile operators in China since 2003 and has delivered many cutting-edge, intuitive smartphones in China. HTC is devoted to developing TD-SCDMA-based phones, the first wireless standard in China. TD-SCDMA(TD) marks an important milestone in the innovation and growth of China’s mobile industry and has spurred development of the cross-strait mobile sector.

About HTC

HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the centre of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

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  • James!

    I was wondering if we’d ever see a trackball again after the Nexus One. HTC seems be to the only Android manufacturer that uses them and they’ve been favoring trackpads lately.

  • steve

    what phone is that on the right?

  • Neemo

    I hope to see the nexus one trackball implemented on a future android handset. I think it’s one of the greatest features on that phone. You can recognize all notifications a mile away with the colors enabled now.

  • curiant

    So, are these going to be actual Android builds of the phones, or are they going to be China Mobile’s Ophone?

    Which is essentially Android, but with everything Google stripped out.

  • quasar

    @steve

    that’s a HTC Wildfire.

  • JJFNIGHTS80

    Looks like I won’t be seeing the Desire coming to AT&T. kinda sad :(

  • Inspiron41

    @curiant who knows, but Google’s Android has brought HTC a lot of business. I would rather work together with Google than against them. Beside, i doubt Baidu can keep up with Google.

  • steve

    since when have they had a Wildfire with a trackball? i’ve _never_ seen a picture of the wf that looked like that. now the one on the left, i KNOW that’s a Wildfire. so what gives?

  • http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.htc.com%2Fcn%2Fproduct%2Ftienyi%2Foverview.html&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8 steve

    FOUND IT! Google search + translate = win.

  • steve