WSJ confirms HTC One launch delay, UltraPixel camera components to blame

WSJ confirms HTC One launch delay, UltraPixel camera components to blame
It seems that CEO Peter Chou has a lot riding on the HTC One success, as camera component shortages have been confirmed by the Wall Street Journal to sabotage the device's launch.

HTC already confirmed the launch delay for UK, but said the US is on a different schedule, yet now Best Buy is pushing the launch for next week, instead of this one.

The culprit are apparently some very specific components for the UltraPixel camera that can't be replaced with off-the-shelf gear. After the sales slump last year, HTC cut component order forecasts with suppliers, and lost its privileged status as a customer, so now its orders are on the backburner.

Insiders say that Peter Chou pledged his executive position last year, if the HTC One sales don't pan out, and the launch delay isn't helping to offset that pledge. Given what the One offers compared to its competition, the sales are more than likely to be decent, once those component shortages are resolved, but still HTC's CEO has something to really worry about now.

source: WSJ

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61 Comments

1. khaledmhawesh

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

The biggest problem right know if this ultra pixel cant beat the 13mp on the s4

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Lumia 720 already did that... And that in low light shots. S4 isn't the only phone that exists you know.

26. SleepingOz unregistered

But based on the GSIV samples, it's the only SMARTphone that managed to produce better photos than the ip5.

36. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Oohohoho...no you don't! You want me to come out at you with the 808, eh? No thanks man...

52. SleepingOz unregistered

I wrote SMARTphone on purpose! Not a cameraphone with some smartphone features.. =]

54. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

That's what you always come up with... Cameraphone with smartphone features...that's all you can say. And you guys talk about how Nokia fans keep talking 'only' about the camera. 808 might not have a grand hardware like any of the flagship Android devices, but it still is a very capable smartphone. Symbian 60 OS owned smartphone world before Android even saw the light of day.

57. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

...and just because Android succeeded Symbian or any OS, it doesn't mean you have to downsize it's capability.

58. SleepingOz unregistered

Yup S60 was considered as an Smart OS until Symbian 3. lol

60. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

And that's ^3, successor of S60...in 2010, not so long ago. It's a full smartphone OS if you don't mind me saying. And need i remind you that S60 was also used in Sony and Samsung devices??

55. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

ohh your still spewing your crap i see the 808 is a smartphone, just because it runs symbian and has less power doesnt take away from this. symbian on a single core runs as smooth as android on quad core. it can also do everything needed that android does. all it doesnt have is a ecosystem as its now dead. but that dead os can do things easier then your precious android..........ohh and has the customisation you love to brag about so please stop been so blinded

59. SleepingOz unregistered

ohh you're still bitter about your inferior OS, I see.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nh2NSLgaII Can your 808 do this? Symbian doesn't even support real time multitasking. I doubt, it'll be able to handle a simple live wallpaper.

43. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i think you need an opthalmologist

53. SleepingOz unregistered

Allow me to return the advice.. =]

63. jsdechavez

Posts: 802; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Perhaps HTC is taking its time to release the HTC One in Ultrapixel variant and another with regular-sized pixels (which will probably sell way more than the one with the hyped camera), say 8 or 12 MP.. Just saying...

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It isn't even the camera sensor problems. It is the fact that HTC can't play at Sammy's level. The GS IV will ship on time and in promised quantities. Behind the splash of the announcement, there is the hard work to have product available to fill orders and get carriers lined up to offer your toys to their customers. There are presently two A level players at that game - Apple and Sammy. Everyone else is at level B or lower.

14. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

true....that's the camera alone...what if they ran a production problem on alum body....tsk tsk tsk....

37. Diego!

Posts: 874; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

They already are. It turns out the supplier considers HTC as a second-class customer... :/ check out...http://pocketnow.com/2013/03/19/htc-one-delay

62. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

they should have learned from Sammy,last year S3 was suppose to launch with 13mp camera module from sony that's Sammy plan,but sony cannot produce the quantity Sammy needs, so they end up with 8mp 3months before the launch last year...

38. zippolite28

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

I like one and its cam with all features what else I want just waitin

32. SamsungTheSavior

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Samsung could have a 1mp camera and kill whatever htc put in their phones.

46. fsahin

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

So get your 1mp plastic

50. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

in that case i wait for one cus its perfect phone .. its not matter if its release a little next..

61. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

HTCOne has a problem on metal back cover it took 200 minutes to make 1 cover and camera shortage. Samsung tested aluminum and metal back cover too but decided to used polycarbonate easy to produce and light weight.

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Better safe than sorry man....if a delay means a better camera then people should want to wait... He made the right decision.

19. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

And they are losing their money...a lot.. There are 5 types of customers: Loyal: They are going to wait anyway like you said Potential: Could be yours or others - HTC will lose Impulse: No particular reason. They will purchase what seems good at the time - HTC will lose Discount: - N/A Geeks and other company's: Hard to pursuade - HTC will lose To sum up, they will lose everything except for what they already have

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Wsj needs too get a life

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Enough man! You're making a spam out of these images.

17. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Deal with it.

21. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Make me!

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