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HTC One M8 named smartphone of 2014 in Taiwan
【Sci-Tech】2015-01-17  17:12:58
Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) The HTC One M8 has been named the smartphone of 2014 by ePrice after almost 80,000 consumers in Taiwan cast their ballots electronically, the high-tech website said Saturday.

The website said the HTC One M8, the flagship model of Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC Corp., garnered 17.7 percent of the votes cast in the online poll between Dec. 29, 2014 and Jan. 11, 2015, beating the Sony Xperia Z3, the flagship model of Japan's Sony Corp., by 3.2 percentage points.

U.S.-based Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone 6 Plus finished third.

EPrice said the HTC One M8, the Sony Xperia Z3, the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Electronics Co.'s flagship Galaxy Note 4 were neck and neck for much of the voting period but that the HTC One M8 pulled away from the others in the final two days of voting.

The HTC One M8, which was unveiled in March 2014, is equipped with a 5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.3GHz processor, a twin-sensor camera with dual-LED flash, dual speakers on the front, HTC's Sense 6.0 user interface and longer battery life.

In the online poll, the Sony Xperia Z3 took first place in the "best smartphone for photography" category, ahead of the iPhone 6 Plus and the HTC One M8, while the HTC Desire Eye took the top spot as the best smartphone for selfies, followed by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the HTC One M8, according to ePrice.

The Sony Xperia Z3 came in first for the smartphone with the most attractive appearance, ahead of the HTC One M8 and the iPhone 6, which is one of Apple's two newest smartphone models, ePrice said.

The HTC Desire 820 Dual sim took first place for smartphones with competitive prices but also advanced specifications, followed by the Asus Zenfone 5 of Taiwan-based PC vendor Asustek Computer Inc. and the HTC Desire 816, ePrice said.

The website said international brands focus on high-end rather than budget models in the Taiwan market, making it hard for them to compete with Taiwanese or Chinese brands in the category for smartphones with attractive prices.

In the tablet market, Apple's new tablet model -- the iPad Air 2 -- beat all rivals from the Android camp to take first place in the tablet rankings, ahead of the Sony Z3 Tablet Compact and the Nexus 9 launched by HTC, ePrice said.

Overall, HTC received 24.2 percent of the total votes for preferred smartphone brand in Taiwan, followed by 16.03 percent support for Sony, 13.9 percent support for Apple and 13.7 percent for Samsung.

(By Esme Jiang and Frances Huang)
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