Last week, we posted that the launch of the HTC One would be delayed due to a component shortage. Business Insider is reporting this morning that an HTC executive has confirmed this in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, saying that suppliers have downgraded them from a tier one customer because of poor sales last year.
The company has a problem managing its component suppliers as it has changed its order forecasts drastically and frequently following last year’s unexpected slump in shipments. HTC has had difficulty in securing adequate camera components as it is no longer a tier-one customer.
By all appearances, the HTC One seems like a fantastic phone in its own right, but its success will depend largely on edging out Samsung’s Galaxy S 4. Originally, HTC hoped to get the One on the market before Samsung’s latest flagship, but now it’s looking like it will launch around the same time.