HTC says One production doubling this month, will continue to increase in JuneAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
HTC's One had some well-documented supply issues leading up to its launch, with camera component shortages pushing the launch of the device back a bit further than the company had intended. The problems appear to be behind HTC now, though, as one company executive has revealed that production of the One is slated to increase significantly in the next month or so.
While speaking at a recent press conference, HTC's North Asia president Jack Tong revealed that May's production capacity of the One will be double what it was in April, with capacity expected to grow again in June. This will help HTC to meet the "strong demand" that it's seeing for the One, Tong said. The exec also said that Japanese sales of its 5-inch J Butterfly (known in the U.S. as the DROID DNA) grew by 50 percent when the device's contract price was cut to $0 recently, adding that HTC plans to roll out a Sense 5 update for the Butterfly by the end of May.
While the One's component woes didn't cause a huge delay with the flagship phone's launch, I'm sure that it was still frustrating for HTC and anyone that was awaiting the arrival of the One. The supply situation seems to be getting under control now, and all three U.S. carriers that offer the One have stock available and ready for purchase. Unfortunately, HTC still seems to be having trouble keeping the unlocked and Developer Edition HTC One models in stock, with both versions versions currently on backorder and shipments expected to go out on May 24. Here's to hoping that this production capacity increase can help remedy that. Have you snagged an HTC One yet? If so, what do you think of it?