The smartphone market truly is gold. HTC has just announced that it is looking forward to a 2009 fiscal year that will grow HTC’s smartphone sales in the double digits. While the rest of the mobile world feels the pinch of a wallowing global economy, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou expects that HTC will tough it out in the short-term but will eek out double-digit growth figures throughout 2009, thanks to the smartphone market’s recession-resistant growth. For comparison, HTC grew 28.65% in 2008, helped in part by the T-Mobile G1 Android phone’s launch in October.
HTC’s newly leaked 2009 product lineup is looking pretty solid. The form-factors are nothing new – slates, sliding QWERTY keyboards, vertical sliders, and monoblocks – but the upgraded hardware specs should bring HTC’s 2009 portfolio up to speed with the latest and greatest technologies in the mobile space. We’re looking for HTC to possibly unveil their second Android-powered smartphone at Mobile World Congress next month. And with Windows Mobile 6.5 expected to go live in Barcelona, we can see HTC’s WinMo lineup getting a solid sales boost.