HTC One Smartphone Delayed, Component Shortages to Blame

It might be a while before consumers can get their hands on a brand new HTC One smartphone. The problem: a shortage of critical parts, including metal casings and camera components.

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At first glance, there are a number of reasons to want an HTC One smartphone. The device features a 4.7-inch high-definition display that boasts a rather insane 468 pixels per inch. Inside, there’s a very fast 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Like most other HTC handhelds, the One runs on Google’s popular Android operating system.

HTC unveiled the One back in February and promised that consumers would be able to acquire the device from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile by late March 2013. Beyond the big three carriers, HTC indicated almost 200 other carriers in roughly 80 countries would carry the device.

But now it looks like that won’t happen — at least, not by late March. An HTC spokesperson recently admitted the phone won’t be shipping until April.

According to an anonymous HTC employee, the company “has had difficulty in securing adequate camera components.” That same HTC worker indicated parts suppliers may no longer see HTC as a “tier-one customer,” meaning other companies are being given preference.

The HTC One delay could prove disastrous for HTC, which is desperately struggling to regain market share lost in recent months to rivals like Samsung, LG, Motorola and Apple.

What do you guys think? Is it time to give up on HTC?

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