Even though the company's flagship device for 2013 has already been released, HTC related rumors have not disappeared. Part of that can be blamed on Verizon, though. The carrier has yet to launch the HTC One, even though other major United States carriers have been offering the device for a while now. It doesn't help that Verizon has been totally silent about the device, and the event where we all expected it to be unveiled was actually just an announcement about Jennifer Lopez being a new spokesperson for the carrier. On Tuesday, a leak emerged claiming that Verizon would be launching its One variant before July, and today, we have another report claiming the same thing.
According to a new report out of Focus Taiwan, HTC and Verizon will launch the HTC One sometime in late June. Laura Chen, an analyst at BNP Paribas Securities Taiwan Ltd, told the site that HTC is expected to have a strong second quarter and put all the tough times behind it. "Given that Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile operator, plans to start selling the new HTC One in late June, HTC will have a good chance of surpassing its second-quarter sales guidance of NT$70 billion," Chen told the blog.
She didn't stop there, however, and went on to say that the rumored HTC M4 will launch as the HTC One Mini. Though she didn't mention an exact date, it is expected launch "soon". Chen confirmed that HTC is in fact planning a bigger version of the One. The device will supposedly come with a screen that is 5.9-inches big, which falls into the parameters set by earlier rumors that claimed it would be above 5-inches, but smaller than 6-inches. Finally, Chen said that HTC will launch the HTC Butterfly 2, or whatever it will be called, sometime in the early part of the third quarter. She finished by saying the rest of the year looks positive for HTC and the company will "register a positive year-over-year growth in revenue for the first time in two years."
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Source: Focus Taiwan