HTC One could face delays due to Ultrapixel camera shortage

March 8, 2013
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If the new flagship HTC One wants to compete with the likes of Samsung and their Galaxy S4, they better have everything ready to rock when launch date arrives. However, today we're getting scattered reports from industry sources inside Taiwan stating the One could get delayed and faces huge shortages due to a lack of components - mainly that new camera. HTC just can't catch a break.

For now these reports are only that. Reports, and nothing has been confirmed. If they plan to launch the new flagship device globally on the 15th of March they have some serious work to do. According to a KGI Securities analyst, the supply and yields on producing the new "Ultrapixel" camera are so low they might have a hard time producing more than 1 million units over the next few months.

Then the analyst also goes into mention the voice-coil motor HTC is using also appears to be having a major shortage for whatever reason. With Samsung increasing production to meet their suggested 100 million Galaxy S4 sales, HTC's 1 million will be a sad state of affairs. While we're looking for additional details it looks like HTC might have to delay or cut back shipments to smaller markets in order to meet what is expected to be quite the demand come March 15th for the global launch.

The report also states some larger Chinese and Japan markets might see delays until May so HTC can fill the demand here in the US as they aim to launch on all major carriers but Verizon. We haven't heard anything from US carriers yet, but the global launch is March 15th. Which is just one day after Samsung will unveil their Galaxy S4 in New York City. Things will be tight, and hopefully HTC can deliver.

[via BriefMobile]

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  • Phone_Junkie

    Well a delay would suck. I’ve already sold off all of my devices in anticipation of this arriving sooner rather than later. I am using a Samsung clamshell phone! J/K.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      haha.. A flip phone? Well done buddy. Well done!

      • Phone_Junkie

        I was joking. I am waiting for the “One” but still using my LG OG.

      • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

        I know I know. Otherwise I still play Snake on my Nokia green screen! booom

      • Phone_Junkie

        LOL…nice. Hey, if you guys have a review model of anything new coming out, send it my way. I’ll be happy to check it out. Hell, you can even put a hold on my credit card. :D

  • Alan

    I wonder if this is true, or another case of mis-information being spread by HTC’s competition. I’m sure Samsung is loving that rumor and passing it around every opportunity they get.

    • Andrew

      Or maybe HTC is spreading it to build the desire for people to run out and buy one in fear that they may not find it if they wait for later. I don’t care for what samsung is putting out. If it is plastic, I’m not buying it. Then again, everybody wants different things from phones.

  • Rob C

    This Story is a few days old and already well discussed elsewhere.

    This Phone is already in the hands of a lucky few.

    ALL the North American Carriers that have said that this Phone is “coming soon” still say that and are still taking Reservations. If you were promised one by your Carrier there is no reason to think that has changed unless you hear differently from them.

    Countries that have People with low income and want the Phone for the lowest price possible are usually last on the List and may indeed wait for the ‘second run’ to be made before they get this Phone. That is how it works. Parts shortages come up when you try to make millions of something with all the same Parts.

    Ten years ago North America always waited a couple of years for Japan to get a particular Phone (and for it to be “old”) before it came their way. Now the wait is only 3 to 6 months (if it is planned for international release) and even less in some cases (like this case).

    If you check the Internet you can pay for one and have it shipped, whether or not LTE will work in your Country (with LTE set up for another Country) is a different thing altogether.

    So buy today or wait patiently and maybe even get it for less in a month or two; but do not worry that you can not ever buy it, that is not going to happen.

    With the other popular 2013 Phones offering less quality/features or being (disapointingly) slightly better (and not meeting the rumor mill’s expectations) no one can say that HTC has to worry because of someone else’s Phone already out or coming soon.

  • TechnoNews

    This is True, UK release has been delayed until March 29th, with most retailers not honouring the pre-order date of 15th March, This is unfortunate and may well be the straw that breaks the Camels back with HTC.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jayq330 Jonathan Oquendo

    When you use a camera that is rarely produced, along with a specially made microphone, I’d assume some delays would becoming. On the other hand if they just stuck with a regular 13mp sensor then it’d all be gravy. I thing this new camera HTC is using will allow for some real nice effects since the rgb colours are taken then put together for the final picture, they might be able to make some predature heat imaging effects & more that was probably not possible with normal cams.