Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

HTC's Smartphone Head Chialin Chang Quits

HTC's Smartphone Head Chialin Chang Quits

So far, HTC has not named a successor to Chang.

The announcement said the reason for his resignation was due to a "personal career plan".

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On the other hand, Chang's position with HTC was no longer as relevant as it used to be. His replacement has not yet been announced and Chairwoman and CEO Cher Wang will likely take over his duties until the company can find someone to fill his position.

His position seemed useless as HTC sold nearly all of its smartphone design and engineering team to Google. The handset should then go on sale sometime in March or April, competing at the high-end segment of the smartphone market. He also previously ran HTC's global sales business - before eventually becoming president of smartphones and connected devices in 2016.

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Local reports from Taiwan indicate Chang left to found an AI startup. In the deal, most of HTC's smartphone design team moved over to Google. And from the scenarios, it seems like the HTC U12 could be the last of its name, and the company might look forward to mid-range devices onwards.

A few years back, HTC was one of the most popular smartphone makers, getting high praise for the design and quality of its HTC One (M7) and (M8) smartphones.

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Following his resignation from HTC, Chang told the press that he is planning to set up his own artificial intelligence company after the Lunar New Year holiday, having come to recognize the importance of AI in industrial development. Chang leaves months after HTC released its well-received 2017 flagship, the HTC U11.

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