Last week we heard a rumor that HTC was running into trouble putting together enough One models to satisfy demand for the phone’s retail launch, with a couple hard-to-manufacture components for the Android’s UltraPixel camera holding things up. Thanks to the low yields being seen, the rumor suggested that HTC would ultimately not live up to expectations for just how many Ones it could ship, and that the shortages might delay the phone’s launch in some markets. Today, we get what might be the first confirmation of these consequences, upon learning of delays in UK availability.
Retailer Clove had been planning to have HTC One handsets available as of March 15, but today updated its customers to inform them that HTC has pushed back the retail launch another two weeks, until March 29.
While this is only one market we’re talking about, news of this delay so shortly after last week’s rumor has us wondering if these could very well be related.
SlashGear managed to get a statement from HTC, which claims, “we will start fulfilling pre-orders by end March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April.”