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HTC confirms delay in shipments of new phone model

CRITICAL COMPONENTS:Research house KGI Securities attributed the delay to a shortage of voice coil motors and compact camera modules

Staff writer, with CNA

HTC Corp (宏達電) yesterday confirmed that it was delaying shipments of its newest smartphone model to several countries, but did not explain the reason for the delay.

“We will start fulfilling pre-orders by the end of March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April,” HTC said in an e-mail.

KGI Securities Co (凱基證券) said in a research note on March 6 that the company was facing production bottlenecks because of a shortage of voice coil motors and compact camera modules for its newest HTC One model due to low yields.

HTC’s statement came after British phone retailer Clove Technology notified its customers on Tuesday of a delay of the HTC One’s launch in the UK.

The original launch date was set for tomorrow, but Clove was told by HTC that the phone would now go on sale on March 29, the retailer said in a blog post.

Unveiled on Feb. 19 in London and New York, the HTC One has a 4.7-inch display with full-HD resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels, a 1.7-gigahertz quad-core processor and a new “UltraPixel” camera that enables ultrasharp photo shooting and video recording.

KGI Securities slashed its shipment forecast for the HTC One in the first half of the year by as much as 80 percent because of the shortage of critical components.

In its revised projections, KGI expected HTC to ship 10.5 million smartphones in the first half of this year, far below its previous forecast of 14 million to 15 million units.

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