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

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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:

In light of several misleading stories regarding a recent injunction obtained by Nokia against STM (a supplier of components to HTC in The Netherlands) HTC looks to clarify the following points:

-Nokia has NOT obtained an injunction in The Netherlands, or anywhere else, against the HTC One.
-The Dutch proceedings were brought by Nokia solely against STM. HTC was not sued by Nokia in the Netherlands.
-The Dutch injunction prohibits STM from selling certain microphones to any company other than Nokia for a limited period.
-The judgment against STM states that HTC can continue to use microphones already purchased from STM in its products, because they were purchased in good-faith. Nokia's attempt to obtain a recall of microphones already sold to HTC failed.
-HTC will transition to improved microphone designs once its inventory of STM microphones is exhausted.

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posted on 25 Apr 2013, 02:46 15

1. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Well good then.

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

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 03:06 13

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4320; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Great! It has ended peacefully then!

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 04:43 17

9. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 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.

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 03:07 1

3. xprimer (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 03:10 1

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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?

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 03:19 5

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4320; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 03:26 2

6. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 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".


posted on 25 Apr 2013, 04:06 2

7. amats69 (Posts: 1523; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 04:18 3

8. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

Hopefully the last bullet point is right.

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 04:50 4

10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 06:32 5

11. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

notice how 720 motherboard is cleaner than htc one

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 08:36

13. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 09:05 2

14. iliketech (Posts: 75; Member since: 17 Aug 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...

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 06:52

12. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


posted on 25 Apr 2013, 10:12

15. skymitch89 (Posts: 1363; Member since: 05 Nov 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

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 10:40

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4320; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

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

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