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HTC Outsources Production of Three Smartphones

by Todd Haselton | May 5, 2014May 5, 2014 12:30 pm PST


HTC, in an effort to save costs, is outsourcing the production of three of its smartphones, according to a report published Monday by The Wall Street Journal. 

The firm is so far keeping the production of its flagship HTC One (M8) in-house, though it has tapped Wingtech Group and Compal Electronics to help build its Desire smartphones, which typically fill in the company’s mid-range portfolio of devices. The Desire 816, a flagship mid-range smartphone that was first introduced during Mobile World Congress and is now being sold in some markets around the globe, is likely still being built by HTC, The Wall Street Journal said.

However, the Desire 210 and HTC’s new but unreleased Desire 616 smartphone are reportedly being produced by Wingtech. It’s unclear which models are being manufactured by Compal, though it’s possible that company has been tasked with building the Desire 210 and Desire 616, too.

The Wall Street Journal did not identify the third phone that’s being outsourced, though the Desire 310, pictured above, is certainly a contender.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...