HTC's smartphone head steps down following on from Google acquisition

HTC mobile chief resigns before the unveiling of company's last flagship HTC U12

HTC mobile chief resigns before the unveiling of company's last flagship HTC U12

HTC hasn't given a lot of details about what led to his position being terminated, the official press release only mentions that Chang has chose to move on from the company because of his "personal career plan".

The executive's decision to leave the company leaves HTC in a tough spot and no replacement is yet official. He has previously served HTC as the company's chief financial officer. The bottom line is, Chang is out and HTC, at least for now, is not replacing him.

After recently selling a large portion of its smartphone business to Google, HTC's President of Smartphone and Connected Devices has announced that he will be stepping down to pursue his own "personal career plan".

His position seemed useless as HTC sold nearly all of its smartphone design and engineering team to Google.

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Local reports from Taiwan indicate Chang left to found an AI startup.

A few months ago, Google announced that it would be acquiring a chunk of HTC's smartphone business for $1.1 billion. Chang is leaving HTC effective immediately, and as such, his duties and responsibilities now fall entirely on the shoulders of CEO and Chairwoman Cher Wang. The handset should then go on sale sometime in March or April, competing at the high-end segment of the smartphone market.

HTC may not launch its next flagship at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2018 later this month, but it should formally unveil it shortly afterward. It will be a dual-camera flagship phone by HTC.

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