HTC One delays officially confirmed
HTC One will officially be delayed from releasing. The new flagship of the Taiwanese company was announced to hit the stores on March 15. The date was perfectly chosen – a day after the rival flagship – Samsung Galaxy S4 was announced. The plans were ruined however and now HTC One will be released on selected European market on March 29 and everywhere else in April.
The reason why the flagship is delayed is simple – components shortage. Earlier this month there were rumours from HTC insiders that HTC was short of compact camera modules and voice coil motors. The camera modules are needed for the UltraPixel camera sensor. According to data from two weeks ago, HTC had components to produce only about 1 million HTC One units. Now we understand that in addition to the UltraPixel sensors HTC also needs metal casings.
The problem comes from the fact that HTC is not an immediate priority of the suppliers as the company’s income column is red for more than a year. So the decision of the problem will probably be redistribution of HTC One units – the small markets will be temporarily ‘forgotten’ for the sake of markets like the USA.
HTC will surely cope with the situation, but some heads may fall. For example, Peter Chou, the CEO of the company, will hand in his resignation if this delay turns fatal for the company. So we hope that HTC will pull itself together, because otherwise it will mean not only Peter Chou losing his job, but also the end for the Taiwanese company in the mobile business.
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