Mobile manufacturing giant HTC has some bad news for the people of Singapore. The company has delayed the launch of its smartphone HTC One in Singapore. The company added that the availability of the handset has been delayed till mid-March 2013 to sometime in April 2013.
A spokesperson from the company said, “in order to serve our customers better, the HTC One will be launched in April 2013 with authorized resellers and mobile operators.” However, another report has suggested that there might be some other problem for the delay, rather than customer satisfaction.
There is a possibility of a low yield in components, more particularly for the Ultra Pixel camera. The brokerage firm had reduced its shipping estimate of the HTC One from 4 million units, to between 800,000 and 1.2 million, stating that the channel checks the indicated production bottlenecks. Moreover, the firm has also predicted that the HTC will ship just 10.5 million handsets during the first half of the year, which is far below the 14 to 15 million units which was predicted earlier.
It cannot be said whether the delay effect is global or not, but by the way things are going, it is not a good sign for the company. HTC will have to face tough competition from Samsung’s Galaxy S 4, which will be announced next week.