HTC One silver rear

One week after HTC confirmed that the launch of its new One smartphone would face slight delays in some parts of the globe, more details concerning the situation have been revealed. According to unnamed HTC executives speaking to The Wall Street Journal, shipments of the One have been delayed due to shortages of parts for the unit's camera and metal body. "HTC has had difficulty in securing adequate camera components as it is no longer a tier-one customer," One exec said, explaining that the Taiwanese device maker is having a problem managing its parts suppliers since it has altered its order forecasts heavily and frequently after a drop in device shipments in 2012.

While HTC says that it's having a hard time securing the components that it needs for its One, it's working hard to fill as many orders as it can. HTC CMO Benjamin Ho reiterated that his company is planning to begin fulfilling preorders "in certain markets" through the end of March, with launches in more markets planned for April.

Many folks have said that the One is an important device for HTC, which has been struggling a bit in the smartphone market lately. The device may bring about a big change at HTC if it doesn't do well, as the WSJ claims to have been told by its sources that HTC CEO Peter Chou told other company executives late last year that he would step down from his position if the One doesn't succeed. 

This component-related delay is taking away time that the One could be spending in front of the faces of potential buyers and is also reducing the amount of time that the One will have by itself on shelves before the arrival of Samsung's Galaxy S 4. It remains to be seen exactly how much of a delay the One will face in affected markets, but I'm sure that HTC is working as hard as it can to secure the parts that it needs to get the One into stores. The HTC One is set to launch on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S., but so far neither the carriers nor HTC have said when the device will be launching here.

Via The Wall Street Journal

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"Which feature of the HTC One are you most interested in? Is it the aluminum body, UltraPixel camera or something else?"

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John C. Cole
John C. Cole I like the flexibility of using a MicroSD card. Having a removable battery isn't as important to me, but it's useful as well, especially if you want to replace it with a higher capacity aftermarket battery, or use the phone a lot between charges and need the extra boost (although you could always opt for an external pack), or the battery dies entirely and needs to be replaced.
Kevin Lampron
Kevin Lampron The feature I want to see for this phone is "now available on Verizon"
John C. Cole
John C. Cole "@John C. Cole, No it does not have a microsd slot and the battery is non-removable as well." Well that stinks.
Marlon Milligan
Marlon Milligan The epic screen, boom sound, build, camera
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas Competition*
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas Way to get ahead of the completion HTC. #FAIL
Sebastian Gomes
Sebastian Gomes Nothing really. It has no microSD expansion
Mike Cooper
Mike Cooper Front facing speakers.
Peter Blanco
Peter Blanco The build. Most everything is else is pretty standard. Ultrapixel is for the most part kind of gimmicky. There's a science behind it but 4 "Ultrapixels" isn't good enough for today's market. 8 of them or even 13 is what needs to happen!
Tiger Panomthonichakul
Tiger Panomthonichakul Aluminum body is great, battery and just 4.7 inches screen are flaw.
Mark Harmon
Mark Harmon The micro SD slot...
Nelson Yeung
Nelson Yeung omg http://www.amazingstube.blogspot.ch?182882974446
Rizaldi Wisnu N
Rizaldi Wisnu N Love sense 5, but premium body isn't important for me, just make it expensive Ultrapixel camera doesn't give impressions
Ken Tate
Ken Tate Unique design, inside & out! Just PO'd it won't be coming to Verizon!!!!! This may be the thing that causes me to jump ship Big Red!
Jim Eakins
Jim Eakins lack of timely updates
Dennis Joya
Dennis Joya yes
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz Aluminium body but sense sucks
Michael Franzone
Michael Franzone it it louder the the gs4 speaker wise. can someone find out
Douglas Prevo
Douglas Prevo Considering television viewing is now done with tablet and/or smartphone in hand by tons of Americans, I think I'll enjoy the universal remote function the most. especially when I change the channels on my friends tv from my phone and they have no idea how the channel changed...
Jessica Wiseman
Jessica Wiseman Dual speakers
Shoby De Vinci
Shoby De Vinci @Saurabh Bisht: No other phone can replace your Note 2 but next note 3 or a 42" samsung tv with galaxy radio on it lol
Shoby De Vinci
Shoby De Vinci
Chris Mondragon
Chris Mondragon LOL "Which feature of the HTC One are you most interested in? Is it the aluminum body, UltraPixel camera or something else" As in, the only thing that's different/new/refreshing from this device it's its build quality and its 4MP camera
Jeff Seaver
Jeff Seaver No see the phone yet
Tim Miyashiro
Tim Miyashiro All of it.
Wilhelm Haas
Wilhelm Haas It looks just fantastic and the idea with the Ultrapixel camera is great as it takes less space to save the pics... Zoe also sounds good, so does Blinkfeed. I am waiting for the delivery :)
James Johnson
James Johnson @John C. Cole, No it does not have a microsd slot and the battery is non-removable as well.
Santiago Alexander Cruz
Santiago Alexander Cruz I love the HTC one design.
Eric Huxtable
Eric Huxtable The feature that allows the phone to be available in the US this week...... They need to polish up that feature lol. But I think I'm going to be in love with Boom Sound
Soumalya Chakraborty
Soumalya Chakraborty The sexy looks :D
Saurabh Bisht
Saurabh Bisht only metallic body.. there is no feature in it that can make me to replace my Galaxy note 2.
John C. Cole
John C. Cole Impressive hardware and software. Does it support MicroSD expansion?
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr wel there maybe no ultrapixel camera now lol

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