We reported that HTC would have to delay the launch of its new flagship smartphone, the HTC One due to supply issues with the smartphone's UltraPixel camera. It has now been confirmed the HTC One will miss its March 15 UK launch and instead will launch on March 29.
HTC is having a rough time getting its new flagship HTC One smartphone into consumer's hands. The original global launch is set to take place on March 15, the day after Samsung announces the Galaxy S4, not great timing.
It is now confirmed that the HTC One is delayed in the UK.
Clove, a popular retailer for smartphones in the UK posted the following message to its site:
" This is an update for all customers interested in the HTC One.
The original launch date was due to be the 15th March. We have today been advised officially by HTC that the UK launch date has been put back to the 29th March.
We apologize for this delay, but you will appreciate that this is out of our control.
We hope to ship all back orders as soon as the stock arrives and will update you as soon as we can with further information."
While the HTC One will be delayed in the UK, a U.S. launch apparently will not be delayed. U.S. carriers AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have all confirmed that they will offer the smartphone to its customers, but none has revealed a specific release date, only "sometime in March."
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 reached out to SlashGear regarding the delay and issued this statement:
"We will start fulfilling pre-orders by end March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April." - HTC
Hopefully this won't spread across the pond to the U.S., but since we don't have a release date in the U.S. it's hard not to speculate if we might also see the device launch pushed back to March 29.