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HTC J One phone debuts in Japan

2013/05/20 12:14:58

Photo courtesy of HTC Corp.

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) Taiwan’s HTC Corp. on Monday launched a new version of its flagship HTC One smartphone specifically for the Japanese market, in cooperation with a major mobile telecommunications carrier there.

The HTC J One HTL22 has similar specifications to the HTC One -- a 4.7-inch full-HD display, a 1.7-gigahertz quad-core chipset, a 32-gigabyte built-in memory, a micro-SD card slot for extra storage and super-fast 4G LTE connectivity.

It also boasts the “UltraPixel” camera that enables ultra-sharp photo shooting and video recording, according the website of au, the mobile unit of Japan’s second largest mobile operator KDDI Corp.

The new phone is expected to go on sale through au stores in early June, the mobile carrier said, but did not disclose the prices.

In Taiwan, the 32GB contract-free model of the HTC One starts at NT$21,900 (US$731).

The HTC One was named the winner of the "Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2013" in February, beating other nominees from big brand names such as the Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus G Pro, Nokia 105 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

HTC has bet its fortunes on the new flagship device, as the Taoyuan-based company saw its first quarter profit sink to a record low of NT$85 million (US$2.84 million). Its revenue in the first quarter was NT$42.8 billion, falling short of its projection of NT$50 billion to NT$60 billion.

Japan is the 9th foreign market that the new HTC One has entered in the past three months, after the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, Australia, Singapore, China, Malaysia and Indonesia.

(By Jeffrey Wu)