HTC smartphone president Chialin Chang resigns

Angelica Greene
February 14, 2018

Chang joined HTC as its Chief Financial Officer in 2012 before becoming the smartphone and connected devices president in 2016.

Now it looks HTC is going to be losing another member of its ranks, the company's president for Smartphones and Connected Devices, Chialin Chang, stepping down.

It's an interesting albeit unsurprising development.

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HTC's President of Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, Chialin Chang, has resigned. Before then though, HTC does have a major smartphone launch planned for this year, with the HTC U12. That did not happen, and instead a pared down version of that deal is what ultimately emerged, perhaps because Google was wary of overspending again like it did when it acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion before later selling it off to Lenovo for just $2.91 billion. The company is still expected to release a flagship smartphone this year, likely coming as the HTC U12, boasting a dual camera setup and high-end specs all around. Last month, HTC closed on its transaction with Google, which means that the company received $1.1 billion from the search giant in return for its Pixel division, and a non-exclusive license allowing Google to use some of HTC's patents.

That part is not entirely clear.

Local media reports said that after leaving HTC, Chang plans to set up a company eyeing the opportunities from the artificial intelliegence (AI) market. That seems to indicate it was Chang's decision to move on, as opposed to HTC forcing him out, though it hardly matters in the grand scheme of things. The company hasn't revealed any replacement for Chang yet.

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