Ever since our favorite little ODM cut their manufacturing-strings and started hocking their wares under their own global brand, HTC has blossomed into the Windows Mobile smartphone manufacturer that we all knew it would be.
Now that HTC has their own-branded line of mobile phones, their ODM business accounted for less than 10% of their Q4 2007 revenues. It seems that HTC is only keeping their ODM business as a sideline revenue stream, they obviously don’t need it.
On the other hand, the likes of Palm, i-mate, and MWG do need HTC’s WinMo smartphone prowess. DigiTimes is reporting that Palm, MWG, and once HTC-spurning i-mate are going back to HTC as their ODM source. All the new ODM handset orders should boost HTC’s 1Q 2008 ODM-revenue to over 10% of their quarterly earnings.
HTC’s just growing and growing. With 10-12 handsets planned for a 2008 release, we can’t wait to see what they do next.