Analyst: Component shortage threatens launch of HTC M7

Analyst: Component shortage threatens launch of HTC M7
Even though the next flagship phone for Taiwan based HTC has not yet been introduced, there is speculation that a component shortage will threaten to reduce the number of units of the HTC M7 that will be available at launch. Citigroup analyst Kevin Chang wrote in a note to investors that the "low yield rate of some components such as metal casings and antennas," are negatively impacting the number of phones that will be shipped. Chang now expects 500,000 HTC M7 handsets to be shipped in Q1, down from initial expectations of 3 million. Chang has continued to keep a "sell" rating on HTC's stock. 

The HTC M7 is expected to be equipped with a 4.7 inch FHD screen. That works out to an industry leading 468ppi pixel density. As a comparison, the Apple iPhone 5 has a 326ppi and the Samsung GALAXY S III has a 306ppi pixel density. The camera will be marketed as using Ultrapixels which is HTC's term for a process of using three 4.3MP layers in one camera sensor to produce sharper pictures with better color reproduction.

HTC is expected to introduce the phone during a February 19th press event. If the talk about a component shortage is true, we certainly would suggest that those interested in the device pre-order it as soon as possible. A launch could take place shortly after the phone is unveiled.

source: AndroidAuthority

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15 Comments

1. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Come on HTC your a good company but you need to get your !@#$ in line.

2. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I agree with you 100%

3. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

I'm actually looking forward to this phone although my upgrade won't be till summertime(AT&T) It's going to be between this and LG Optimus G Pro and any other Droids that might catch my eye between now and then.

5. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Please, if you're on AT&T, THERE ARE NO DROIDS! Droid is a BRAND on Verizon. Verizon only. Please educate yourself before returning to the comments section.

6. Contreramanjaro

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 04, 2011

Dude, get over it. Droid was one of the largest if not the largest marketing campaigns for Android phones, not to mention "droid" is a common shortening of the term "android." Humans associate with things like that and it probably has nothing to do with Desmund not doing his homework. Please redirect your angst. These are not the androids you're looking for.

7. KParks23

Posts: 729; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Grande get over yourself many people refer to android as just droid no need to be a d-bag

15. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

Yeah My Motorola Atrix says otherwise dude which I loved and still do to this day heck might not even trade it in either.

4. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I just realized something...Those buttons at the bottom of the screen look like onscreen buttons....from HTC???? GASP!!!!!

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

They're not. Those are the same capacitive buttons they've been using since they started putting out ICS phones.

9. Derekjeter

Posts: 1531; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I use to love when Phonearena would care about what news they reported. Oh wait it's always been like this. Who the hell cares about ANAlyst? HTC will still be the second Android maker behind Samsung.

10. squill

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

It's a lie, there is no real shortage. They are just saying that so that way there's a larger demand and they can sell even more.

11. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Isn't that the butterfly in the pic above???

13. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Just a render. They don't have the official pictures released by hTC

12. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

m7 will back htc to peak of honor.

14. GeekMovement unregistered

That is a really sleek looking device, can't wait to test it.

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