Some may say that the HTC One is the last chance for HTC to prove itself to the general consumer base. Its past struggles have not gone unnoticed, and it hasn’t turned a quarterly profit for years. If these latest rumors are to be believed, however, it looks like the company’s struggles may continue with its One flagship. Rumors started appearing late last week that suggested HTC was running into supply problems with its latest flagship device due to the new Ultrapixel sensor. While these rumors were never confirmed, Clove Technology, a UK retailer, informed customers today that the HTC One launch date has been pushed back to March 29th, which is two weeks later than the original launch date of March 15th. “The original launch date was due to be the 15th March. We have today been advised officially by HTC that the UK launch date has been put back to the 29th March,” the retailer wrote in a blog post. The seller says it hopes to “ship all back orders as soon as the stock arrives and will update you as soon as we can with further information.”
It’s important to note that this has not been officially confirmed by HTC either. In fact, just a little while ago detailing its launch plans for the device.
“We will start fulfilling pre-orders by end March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April.”
It could be that Clove is one of the unlucky retailers who will not receive stock until later this month, as some carriers, like O2 Germany, are already shipping the HTC One to customers. With that already taking place, the chances of a significant delay seem unlikely at this point. Really, HTC never gave a hard launch date at its unveiling event back in February. While Clove may have very well gotten its original launch date from HTC, nothing is ever guaranteed to third party retailers. Apple has ran into this in the past with retailers such as RadioShack.
At this point, we don’t have much to worry about delay-wise, well, internationally, that is. We’re still waiting on specific U.S. availability details, which we imagine are in the hands of the carriers now.