The HTC One will be HTC's flagship smartphone for 2013. It brings a sleek aluminum body smartphone with high-end specs and also offers a new camera technology that HTC is calling UltraPixel. Unfortunately the UltraPixel camera is holding up the manufacturing of the smartphone.
According to a source, HTC might have to cut shipments by as much as 80 percent from the 4 million units expected. HTC might only be able to build 800,000 to 1.2 million HTC Ones over the next few months. The company might be forced to delay shipments to smaller markets like Singapore, Taiwan, China, and Japan in order to have enough smartphones available at launch.
Industry insiders are saying that HTC is having trouble securing enough of the components that are used in the smartphone's voice coil motor and compact camera module that are used in the new UltraPixel camera on the HTC One. HTC has been having a rough couple of quarters lately, but it appeared the company might have a smartphone that could compete with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the upcoming iPhone 5S.
HTC has paid special attention to Apple, not only in the design of the smartphone, but that the smartphone will also ship with software that will extract iPhone backup files and easily sync contacts, email, SMS, music, video and more with the HTC One.
The HTC One will be available in a choice of black or silver and features an aluminum unibody enclosure, 4.7-inch SuperLCD3 Full HD 1080p, 468 ppi (pixels per inch) display, 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, Android 4.1.2 with HTC Sense 5, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, HTC UltraPixel rear camera with dedicated HTC ImageChip, 88 wide angle lens with HDR capability front camera, 1080p video recording on front and rear cameras, dual front stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers, 4G LTE radio, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC (near field communications), infrared remote control and 2,300mAh battery,
HTC has scheduled a global launch on March 15, the day after Samsung announces the Samsung Galaxy S4. AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have not yet announced a launch date, but are rumored to coincide with the global launch. If this report is true, the manufacturing delay will likely make finding the smartphone in stores a bit difficult on March 15 and will hurt HTC's chances of a comeback. It appears that one of this smartphone's strongest features, its UltraPixel camera, is already proving to be a problem before the handset even arrives on shelves.