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HTC's MWC 2014 conference

A live blog of HTC's press conference.

  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:13:07 PM
    Since then, the company has begun to take steps to change. Wang talks up the focus on products.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:13:15 PM
    We have exciting plans to communicate with our customers, she says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:13:34 PM
    Wang: We're staying more focused than ever on the heart and soul of HTC: Great design.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:13:36 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:13:56 PM
    So Wang apparently sleeps very well. But she says what gets her up is excitement for what's to come for HTC.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:14:10 PM
    I wish we could tell you more, but we have to keep the surprise for one more month, she says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:14:21 PM
    The world's best smartphone is about to get even better, she claims.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:14:23 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:14:26 PM
    But in one month. Not now.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:14:34 PM
    Today, HTC has a few exciting things to share.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:14:41 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:14:47 PM
    We are bringing our great design to even more people, she says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:14:56 PM
    HTC is enabling you to change the world the way you want to change it.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:15:06 PM
    HTC CEO Peter Chou takes the stage.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:15:20 PM
    Chou: I'm even more excited talking about March 25.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:15:27 PM
    Geesh...then why are we here now!?!
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:15:29 PM

    HTC CEO, Peter Chou

  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:15:44 PM
    For the last several years, HTC is a change maker brand. Changing the status quo is in our DNA, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:16:12 PM
    Taking risks and being bold is something we pride ourselves in.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:16:33 PM
    Since last year, I have even committed 100% of my time on product to focus on design, innovation, and the product portfolio, he says.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:16:50 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:16:52 PM
    Other smartphone makers are cutting corners, we are doubling down on design and a more premium experience.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:17:06 PM
    Other companies think it's enough just to make a phone functional. They didn't think that design matters, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:17:31 PM
    Well, a good design doesn't just mean you make things beautiful. It's about combining form and function in a seamless experience.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:17:44 PM
    Innovation is about creating something new, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:18:09 PM
    HTC has a long history of innovation. We know that people are happy to see great design, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:18:24 PM
    We measure people's emotional reaction to different objects, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:18:33 PM
    This is a lot of talk for an event where we aren't going to see the flagship phone.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:19:01 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:19:05 PM
    He's talking about the reaction people get when they see something beautiful. That's why HTC has paid attention to everyday great design.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:19:19 PM
    That's why the HTC One is big, bold, and functional, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:19:29 PM
    Sorry folks, no tablet today either.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:19:56 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:20:02 PM
    This year, one of our plans is to take the great design and experiences like BoomSound, Video Highlight to even more people.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:20:19 PM
    It's clear there's a huge opportunity in the middle of the market, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:20:31 PM
    So many people want an affordable smartphone that does not compromise, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:20:49 PM
    We are proud to take our offering to the next level with the HTC Desire 816.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:21:03 PM
    It looks like the HTC One with a plastic shell.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:21:14 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:21:20 PM
    We designed the Desire 816 who want a desirable phone but want the best phone they can buy, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:21:26 PM
    We want to give people choice in this category, he says.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:21:49 PM

    Chou with the Desire 816

  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:21:51 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:22:23 PM
    The Desire 816 has a 13-megapixel back camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:22:36 PM
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