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HTC Smartphone Chief Resigns Effective Immediately, Citing 'Personal Career Plan'

HTC Smartphone Chief Resigns Effective Immediately, Citing 'Personal Career Plan'

HTC's note mentions nothing about a replacement for Chialin either, which also doesn't spell particularly well for the company's future in smartphones.

Local media reports said that after leaving HTC, Chang plans to set up a company eyeing the opportunities from the artificial intelliegence (AI) market. Chang previously worked at Motorola and Goldman Sachs before joining HTC as CFO in 2012.

Today's resignation is perhaps the most ominous of numerous high-profile departures these past few years, as HTC's President of the Smartphone and Connected Devices Business is abandoning the sinking ship to focus on a new "personal career plan".

HTC's President of Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, Chialin Chang, has resigned.

HTC has also been manufacturing less smartphones in total and over the course of previous year it made less than 10m units.

HTC hasn't officially quit the smartphone business just yet, but with the Google deal and now this, it is seeming increasingly likely that HTC may stop producing its own phones.

The company has yet to appoint a successor to Chang.

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. Some speculate that the HTC U12 might be the company's last flagship, but nothing is confirmed at this point.

HTC's smartphone division has certainly seen better times over the years.

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