HTC recently confirmed that its major flagship, the device that it desperately needs to get to market in order to tackle the Samsung Galaxy S4, is delayed on a global scale, not just in some markets. Company executives cited component shortages as the root of the problem, MarketWatch said Tuesday, noting that Vodafone and Best Buy have already confirmed the delays.
HTC’s original goal was to reportedly ship the phone in mass to retailers beginning the third week of this month, but it’s now unclear when the phone will make it to retailers. Our guess is we’ll see it in April at some point. One unnamed executive expressed his concerns with the company’s ability to deliver products to market on time.
“The company has a problem managing its component suppliers as it has changed its order forecasts drastically and frequently following last year’s unexpected slump in shipments,” the exec told MarketWatch. “”HTC has had difficulty in securing adequate camera components as it is no longer a tier-one customer.”
We love the HTC One so far, and you can expect our full review soon, but it’s unfortunate the company can’t get the device into consumer’s hands sooner. One source also told the news outlet that company CEO Peter Chou is willing to step down if the HTC One doesn’t sell as well as he hopes.