HTC One has reportedly sold more than 5 million units since its launch

HTC One BoomSound game

Despite a reshuffling of executives and the delay (or cancellation) of the HTC First in Europe, it’s not all bad news for HTC. The Taiwanese manufacturer has been banking on their flagship HTC One to bring the company out of a slump and as expected, the device has been well received among consumers.

According the Wall Street Journal, the HTC One has sold around 5 million units since it was released almost a month ago. While this is only about half of what Samsung was able to accomplish with the Galaxy S4, we should point out that HTC was able to accomplish this using grassroots marketing and a budget nowhere near the size of Samsung’s, but still enough to help make the device a success. Good for them.

It’s interesting that despite the One not being offered on Verizon Wireless — the largest carriers here in the US — the One was still able to do well for itself. Perhaps it’s for the best. An HTC exec mentioned they’re still having some trouble fulfilling orders. This is due in part to overwhelming demand as well as a shortage of components (even though production has reportedly doubled). Launching right away on Verizon would have no doubt only made shortages worse.

As one of the most well reviewed Android handsets to date (and my personal daily driver), it’s nice to see consumers listening as the One speaks for itself. We’ll have to wait for official numbers and quarterly earnings reports to find out if the One was enough to bring HTC back to their glory days. Either way, we’re sure CEO Peter Chou’s job is safe, but he still has his work cut out for him with stiff competition from Samsung, dominating the smartphone market with their Galaxy line. Protip: Bring the black version to Verizon with red plastic and call it the Droid Incredible One. Profit. Pop bottles.

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  • domatau

    +1 here. had to order directly from t-mobile’s online store as the shops around my area don’t have it in stock. can’t wait to get it!

    • Chris Chavez

      You’re going to love it :)

      • Nieves Diaz III

        this phone is awesome, got mine online for 99 bucks from tmo, cant wait til they flip on the LTE switch!!! Hey chris have u had hot device issues? im curious because sometimes i use my power saver, but sometimes i want my screen bright as heck…any tips for meeting somewhere in the middle? battery life is awesome btw

    • faugusztin

      I am still waiting for my HTC One from Telecom Slovakia (=T-Mobile). Normal shops don’t even have it yet in stock :(.

  • Bob F

    Would have been 10 million if Verizon was included..

    • Quentyn Kennemer

      Definitely would have been able to do a lot more. Not sure why Verizon likes turning down money.

      • DavidVarghese

        Because it would mean that they might lose their precious “Droid” line. Apparently the name is worth more than the awesome sales and extension/new lines of contracts that the HTC One could have given them.

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          They could have labeled the One as a DROID too, if they really wanted too, people would still buy it….. I know the One is on my top 3 lis

    • InspectorGadget80

      They have the DNA so that does count

  • William Zoller

    Haha, Droid Incredible One. Nice one.

  • 8bitremixguy

    Lol, please, anything but plastic on this device…. its awesome as it is ;)

    • Chris Chavez

      It’s already got a creamy plastic filling!

  • DavidVarghese

    Awesome to hear that the HTC One is doing well, even without adequate marketing

  • MK2

    I’d rock a black and red One over the white in a heart beat.

  • T-pumper WPK

    i love it

  • moises1204

    smell like BS to me, htc one is not that thin to begin with, there are thinner phones out there with sd card.

    • Holland Capone

      :| Wrong article

    • Adam Getzendanner

      Wft? Wrong article!

      • moises1204

        Definitely the wrong one, for some unknown reason my comment was supposed to go to a different article, sorry about that.

  • Kyle Cordiano

    If will be more if they release one with Stock Android via the Google Play Store.

    • bluevoodo

      and loose zoe and boom sound additions nope thanks, you cant just add those to a AOSP rom you know.

      • Renato Pablo

        Then don’t bother . Those who already have this phone are going to love it, including me. From gnote 2 user to htc one, the s pen (with function of it), replaceable batt, and my 64 gig of sd are the only thing that I miss from my gnote2, xcept those three feature, hTc One is my best bet!!! :-))

  • Andy smith

    By far the best phone iv ever had, super fast no lag like the s3 had, it looks amazing and so do the accessories

  • Eric Sanchez

    Too bad many many people are reporting overheating and bad battery issues. Not counting not including a MicroSD slot. But the Chinese version has the SD slot and is not thicker. Not as great as people were led to believe.

  • EasyEEE

    I would have one if I didn’t buy the One X last year…p

  • emajem_666i

    “pop bottles.” Chris I thoroughly enjoy reading your articles. You crack me up.