HTC’s latest flagship smartphone may be in short supply when it finally hits shop shelves next week, amid reports of scarcity of parts required for the handset’s camera.
According to channel checks by KGI Securities, the yield rates for two key component used in the new UltraPixel camera that features on the HTC One - the voice coil motor and the compact camera module - are far below what’s considered adequate for commercial release.
As a result, the investment bank has slashed its shipment estimates for the HTC One by a whopping 80 per cent, meaning the Taiwanese phone-maker might only ship between 800,000 and 1.2 million units of the handset for its worldwide launch this month.
The One is widely seen as the make-or-break device for the one-time Android leader. So a shortage of this magnitude could effectively be the last straw for the company that saw its year-on-year fourth quarter profits plummet by a crushing 90 per cent last year.
Clearly HTC took a huge risk by equipping the One with a novel ‘four-ultrapixel’ camera rather than a 13-megapixel shooter like some of its biggest rivals.
Hopefully there’ll still be enough HTC One units to go around in key markets such as the UK and Europe where HTC handsets are still in demand.
If you’re looking to get your hands on the One at launch, we advise pre-ordering your handset right away to avoid disappointment.
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