HTC comments on Micgate - the One might get a new microphone after current stock is exhausted

HTC took to the airwaves explaining that the court order against ST Micro's microphones in the HTC One, which Nokia seems to have exclusive rights over, won't affect the stock of its flagship.

First off, we have the already produced units, then the microphone inventories it has amassed for continuous production, plus HTC is talking with the manufacturer how the sales injunction would hit the current contract, and at the end it can explore other supplier options for the high dynamic range microphones. This type Nokia codeveloped and debuted with the 808 PureView, then put in the Lumia 920, and finally the 720, which sports the exact same units that the HTC One has.

The dual-membrane mics allow picking up wider sound range, thus recording fuller audio without distortion, and are responsible for the stellar call quality on the HTC One,among other niceties. Here's the full press release on the Micgate situation, straight from HTC:

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  • Display 4.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well good then. I would hate to see the second annual fu.cking up of an HTC flagship launch.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Great! It has ended peacefully then!

9. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Nokia were going to end it peacefully, there was no reason in banning the HTC One or suing them. They all did a very good job at handling this issue.

3. xprimer

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

and it will not be the same in a second batch.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The next question is who else produces a comparable microphone to the STM unit? The STM ones were supposed to be 'special'. Where does HTC get a replacement 'special' microphone?

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I wonder if the dual-membrane mic has been patented. I don't think HTC has any time left to go search for that 'special' mic. They could use what they used in their previous phones and cut off the 'rich recording' tag.

6. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

The injunction against STM was only to address supply of these specially designed and exclusive components. There is another process that is likely occurring in parallel...and it's related to the patents protecting Nokia's Rich Recording. HTC may run into another problem here defending it's so-called "Distortion Free Recording" tech from a patent enforcement, especially now that it has been caught using Nokia's exlcusive components to deliver its "version".

7. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

great! its clear now. so go back to business! Goodluck HTC!

8. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Hopefully the last bullet point is right.

10. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

And there goes one of the HTC One's few advantages. Well done again.

11. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

notice how 720 motherboard is cleaner than htc one

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Yeah the One's like like quite the cluster...

14. iliketech

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

yes, that is a good point, kudos to Nokia - if a clean motherboard makes a difference, other than less cluttered... seems like better research and more well thought out design...

12. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013


15. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

The mic in the HTC One is not the "exact same" as that in the Nokia devices. The one in the HTC one has "302" on it and the one in the Lumia 720 has "307" on it

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Those are the manufacturing dates... Check the previous article about this problem.

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