Sometime early yesterday, a report started making its rounds around the Internet. It was a pretty simple story, but the contents were touchy. Why? Because it talked about a high-end device that a lot of people are anticipating, and how it might be delayed due to a manufacturing hiccup. The sarcasm didn't start to flood Twitter and other social-centric sites for a little while afterwards, but as usual when it started it came full force. People criticizing other people; you know, the usual. While I tried to ignore all the negativity, I did start to think about the essence of the story, and whether or not there really is a story there at all.

We are knee-deep, maybe even waist-deep, in an industry that is built on secrets. It's the same for any major company, really, but we are exposed to those facts almost every single day. And it isn't just because tech journalists have to try and dig for it, either. The general consumer is introduced to that simple truth because there is always a conflicting report out there. There's always a news piece suggesting something else might be going on, even when there's no real "evidence." In this case, when we're talking about the HTC One X and One S here in the States, we don't have a due date to speak of. We're still waiting to hear from HTC when, exactly, the One X will be landing in stores. And from T-Mobile USA, we're still waiting to know when the One S will be making an appearance.

While we wait, we're now hearing rumors that the pair of devices could be delayed due to a manufacturing issue with the 28nm chipset inside the devices. The international versions are not hindered by this, because they don't use the same processor. But, here in the States, it is beginning to sound like we may have to wait a bit longer to get our new One Series fix.

But, there's the rub. How can we sit here and say that something without a release date is "delayed?" After all, you can't delay something that doesn't have a due date. There are plenty of people assuming as to when the devices might come to the market here on these shores, but nothing is definitive yet. In that respect, yes, I can easily see why people would be willing to raise their hands and say, "Whoa, they aren't delayed. They'll be out when they're out."

And that's very true. There's no doubt that the devices will "be out when they're out." I don't think anyone is arguing that point at all. The question here is: can a device without a launch date really be delayed? And, while I think you probably already have an answer in your head, let's try it from a different angle just for a moment.

Let's take a look at it from HTC's perspective. When the company started creating these devices, the One Series, and made the decision to go with two different processors in their devices for different regions, somewhere along the line someone started talking about a release date. A release window, even. There's no way that HTC executives and designers of the One Series (or any phone for that matter) haven't sat down more than a few times to talk about when the handsets will make it to market. And if the initial report regarding manufacturing issues is true, then there is a real possibility that those issues could have indeed delayed the launch of two devices. It doesn't matter that HTC hasn't officially announced anything yet.

If those executives and designers even kind of focused on a "sometime in May" release date, but this recent hiccup (if true) causes it to get pushed back until June, then that's a delay no matter how you look at it. No, it isn't a delay to the consumer because they had no idea that that date was even considered, but it is a delay.

So perhaps the question isn't as black-and-white as, "If the phone doesn't have an official launch date, can it really face a delay?" Maybe the question we should be asking is, "If a company doesn't announce a launch date, should people care about news covering a rumored delay?"

If you like the news, then I think the answer to that last question is yes. If you just want to buy the phone, and you don't necessarily care about the rest (unless it has something to do with features), then you probably shouldn't. It's all relative to what the person wants.

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Joshua Becker
Joshua Becker No, that makes no sense.
Michael Santangelo
Michael Santangelo No.
Michael Santangelo
Michael Santangelo No.
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Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. Well HTC better get this out soon. This is their window before Samsung takes over again.
Ethan Shrago
Ethan Shrago No! Galaxy nexus, HTC thunderbolt, droid bionic!!
Marvin Breakfield
Marvin Breakfield Apple is in the process of making a cheap iPhone to give away for free for a 2 year contract because it's losing so much ground to android and windows phone.
Marvin Breakfield
Marvin Breakfield My Samsung Galaxy S2 beats the crap out of Iphone.
Marvin Breakfield
Marvin Breakfield What is having for lunch?,
Eduardo Ordaz
Eduardo Ordaz Actually it's worth it to wait. There might actually other phones being released so u can make up ur mind. Is apple already making their own chipsets and screens yet? That way they don't have to depend on others for screens and chips.
Kristopher Davis
Kristopher Davis Hi I'm Vlad McBride, my iPhone is shoved so far up my a$$ that it has begun to control me. So now I troll articles related to Android devices trying to save my iPhone from the slaying its getting by a far superior OS!! Hey Vlad, grab one of these HTC One Xs when the drop and use the "ice cream (sandwich)" to lube out that iPhone!!.freakin trolls ...smdh
Vito Nurrizki Syamsudin
Vito Nurrizki Syamsudin Hi, i'm vito. i'm from indonesia. PHONEDOG is cool, you know!
Vlad Valentine McBride
Vlad Valentine McBride Who cares lol get an iPhone and all your problems will vanish, thank you Apple :)
Jorge El Maleante Morales
Jorge El Maleante Morales I don't care cuz this phone seems worth it. Do what u gotta do to make it perfect
DAvid RC
DAvid RC Of course, Apple does it all the time.
Tommy Snyder
Tommy Snyder So the FCC won't let me be Or let me be me so let me see They tried to shut me down on MTV But it feels so empty without me
Tommy Snyder
Tommy Snyder but then apple fan boys forget the delay from the 4 to the 4s because apples allowed
Jamille Browne
Jamille Browne Yes Galaxy Nexus did that perfectly
Roy Rawls
Roy Rawls ps3
Daniel McCarthy
Daniel McCarthy Droid Bionic is proof.
Allen Boatman
Allen Boatman No..
Jimmie Waverly
Jimmie Waverly Bionic
Mina Morcos
Mina Morcos *cough cough* droid bionic *cough*
Eugene Yap
Eugene Yap 50 50
Eddie Gutierrez
Eddie Gutierrez Duke Nukem was delayed for 10 years but yes it is possible its.called a progress
Hunter Tea
Hunter Tea Nope
Isaac Castillo
Isaac Castillo yup
Ernest Marvin Esteban
Ernest Marvin Esteban yes
Felix Molano
Felix Molano Yes it can.

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