Why Intel should buy HTC

"Quietly brilliant" HTC would help Intel turn up in the mobile space
“Quietly brilliant” HTC would help Intel turn up in the mobile space

Intel’s new CEO has said he’ll be focusing on mobile, so what better way to do that than to buy HTC? Here are the reasons:

  1. HTC is the #3 smartphone OEM (in the US). It’s not exactly Samsung, but it’s not Kyocera (who?) either.
  2. Internal chaos at HTC. The time to strike is exactly as confusion reigns from Taiwan (HTC’s base) to Seattle (HTC’s US headquarters).
  3. Intel needs x86 smartphone flagships in the US. There are no flagship x86 phones on the US market, mostly because of #4 below:
  4. There’s currently no compelling reason to chose x86 over ARM for phones specifically.* ARM is actually far ahead of x86 in the smartphone space, especially in terms of multicore CPUs. If Intel wants to see major x86 phones, it might have to churn them out itself.
  5. HTC makes competitive products. The HTC One has been fairly well received all around.
  6. Intel could give HTC access to a component supply chain and manufacturing base it wouldn’t have otherwise. Intel owns its chip foundries. As far as I know, Samsung is the only other phone OEM who does.

*On the other hand, there is plenty of reason to chose x86 over ARM for tablets and larger devices.


Author: jdrch

ISTJ, Rice Owl, UF Gator, mechanical engineer. STEM, sports, music, movies, humor. Account mine only & unaffiliated.

2 thoughts on “Why Intel should buy HTC”

  1. Even if Intel purchases HTC, it would have purchased a fading brand.
    One reason why I believe Otellini HAD to go, wasn’t just his lack of vision as regards all things mobile, but his total dereliction of duty when it came to executing in mobiles!
    However, all is not lost.
    Think about it: what was Intel’s super-secret sauce that gave them the laptop market initially, and totally cemented their stranglehold on PCs?
    Anyone, anyone, Bueller?
    Yes, a reference component platform that allowed everyone and man+dog to create their own brand.
    The companies that didn’t catch the Centrino wave, leastways initially, are afterthoughts in computing today.
    Did Otellini have such a platform defined and created for mobiles?
    And, until Intel defines such a platform, filling it out by either buying IP or creating alliances, purchasing HTC will come to naught.


    1. My central point was that no one would build x86 phones unless Intel did so, but your Centrino point blows that away. Good insight, thanks!



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