By Stephen Schenck | March 8, 2013 11:39 AM
HTC’s UltraPixel camera on the HTC One is supposed to be one of the phone’s big selling points, delivering images with color reproduction and light sensitivity that surpass cameras using higher-megapixel sensors. Some new rumors, however, suggest that instead of helping to drive sales, the phone’s camera could end up holding them back, with reports claiming that shortages of camera components could lead to problems with availability of the One.
Supposedly, two of the key parts going into the UltraPixel camera have been very difficult to manufacture successfully, with production yields below thirty percent. As a result, analysts are seriously dialing down their sales predictions for the HTC One, now estimating that HTC might only ship around one million units during the first half of the year.
In some markets, concerns over availability may drive HTC to push back retail launch dates. There’s been no specific word on what the impact might be in the US, though smaller markets may end up feeling the brunt of any such changes.