HTC just cannot catch a break – once the titans of the Android world, they recently reported their worst financial results in three years. The HTC One was to be their “golden goose;” a beautifully made, feature laden phone with a new camera technology and features, but it now looks as though HTC may have been too optimistic in their launch date. Now industry insiders are saying HTC is having trouble securing enough of the critical components required for mass production; namely the voice coil motor (VCM) and compact camera module (CCM) used in the HTC One’s UltraPixel camera.
According to a KGI Securities analyst, the yield rates are down so low only about 800,000 – 1.2 million HTC Ones might be produced during the next few months. With a global launch date scheduled for March 15, HTC may have to delay shipments to the smaller markets of Singapore or Taiwan and the larger markets of China and Japan until May so that an on-time U.S. launch is possible.
With Samsung preparing to launch “The Next Big” thing, the Galaxy S4, on March 14, and other manufacturers gearing up releases of competitive devices, HTC must deliver quickly, or possibly die a slow death – which would be a shame for the smartphone world.