HTC One delayed until March 29, possibly beyond

HTC One delayed until March 29, possibly beyondWell, it's official. HTC has confirmed recent rumours that its One flagship will not go on sale on March 15 after all.

Instead, it's now saying pre-orders will start being fulfilled by the end of the month, with ordinary high street and online stock availability to be build up after that.

Even that, though, might be an overly optimistic forecast given how deliberately non-commital HTC's statement on the subject is:

“We will start fulfilling pre-orders by end of March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April,” it reads. Hardly confidence-inspiring stuff.

Online retailer Clove, though, seems to have a little more faith in HTC's abilities to get phones in hands. It claimed in a blog post yesterday to have been “advised officially by HTC that the UK launch date has been put back to the 29th of March”.

What we haven't heard any more on is the specific reason for the delay, so we're still going with camera-related component supply issues.

In the end it doesn't really matter, the point is if you were hoping to get your hands on an HTC One this week, you're definitely going to be disappointed.

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realitp  Mar. 13, 2013 at 09:33

Oh dear HTC , guess a few (quite a lot) of those pre orders are likely to get cancelled now, its a shame as it is a good phone , but sony have got a good headstart on them and S4 announcement tomorrow.
Look like htc screwed their last chance...

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 13, 2013 at 11:29

Indeed... not good at all for HTC. And the Sony Z already beat them to the actual launch, and it gets decent reviews - partly because reviewers don't need to actually think to explain Uberpixels without sounding like Terry Pratchett.

loofer  Mar. 13, 2013 at 13:44

Oh dear HTC , guess a few (quite a lot) of those pre orders are likely to get cancelled now, its a shame as it is a good phone , but sony have got a good headstart on them and S4 announcement tomorrow.
Look like htc screwed their last chance...

Yes but how many people would actually have pre-ordered without waiting for the launch of the SGS4 specs?
Within the space of about 4 weeks we have
BB Z10
Sony Z
HTC one
SGS4

surely it would make sense to wait for all phones to be launched before deciding, unless you had your heart set on BB and have dismissed Android altogether. I reckon there's buyers out there who have decided they want one of the first 3 but are just waiting until tomorrow to see what else is on offer. After that, BB, Sony and HTC will get (or not get) the flurry of orders they've been waiting for.

Just makes sense to wait.

As for a delayed release date, if it is just a fortnight then it aint that bad. Might have been better from PR to hype up the phone with not enough stock to fulfill orders although that could turn into an epic fail!

skytail  Mar. 13, 2013 at 14:27

Just been onto three and they said Friday delivery for my htc one (black)

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 13, 2013 at 14:28

Interestingly, from what I've read so far, the Sony Z seems to be doing quite well despite the Z10, the One and the incoming SGS IV... It does stand out because of the classy (glassy) case...

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