Kolkata: Taiwanese cellphone emblem HTC is in talks with Micromax, Lava, and Karbonn to go back to the Indian marketplace, according to a few senior enterprise executives.
HTC will earn royalty in return, an enterprise model it desires to embark on for the Indian market in which it failed to thrive inside the face of Chinese cellphone onslaught and exited the last yr. The company now sells some vintage models it had released remaining 12 months on e-trade marketplaces Amazon and Flipkart, the executives said.
Discussions with the three Indian manufacturers are in superior tiers, which includes the opportunity of Lava and Karbonn teaming as much as bid for the HTC logo license, one of the executives stated.
HTC desires to license its brand for smartphones, mobile add-ons, and capsules. Association with HTC will assist the Indian manufacturers in staying on within the marketplace dominated with the aid of Chinese smartphones. They are seeking to grow income most effective via characteristic telephones and entry-level smartphones.
“Since HTC used to perform inside the Rs 10,000-plus section, the logo will assist the Indian smartphone makers re-input this charge segment, that’s now the quickest-growing with intense opposition amongst Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo, and Vivo,” said one of the executives.
While emails despatched to promoters of Micromax, Lava International, and Karbonn Mobiles did now not elicit any response till Wednesday press time, an HTC spokesperson stated employer is asking at strategic options for Indian. “We can have greater to announce at a later date,” the man or woman stated.
ET had in advance stated that BlackBerry is operated with the aid of the promoters of the Indian brand Zen Mobile, at the same time as Karbonn markets Gionee. BlackBerry is yet to benefit any enormous marketplace proportion, but Gionee is being relaunched.
An executive said while the Indian makers may additionally get logo rights for HTC; it might be an undertaking for them to regain the market percentage considering that they do not have plenty hardware or software R&D abilities.
“The Rs 10,000-plus cellphone marketplace is not any more pretty much specification like in advance, but additionally approximately innovation,” he stated.
According to market trackers, the Indian phone brands had unmarried-digit marketplace share remaining year as against over forty% in 2015. The manufacturers failed with the Chinese brigade launching higher-specification models at decrease rate, subsidized by using extreme advertising spent.