I’m sure I wrote a story about Apple spreading the component supplier love, and ultimately being less dependent on its mortal enemy Samsung, though I’ll be damned if I can find it. Ah, here we are.
Jim Rumour reckons HTC is doing much the same thing, shifting various orders from Samsung to other suppliers.
That’s the good word from our favourite eastern rumourmonger, DigiTimes, and their ever anonymous “industry sources”.
HTC has reportedly reassigned its CMOS image sensor needs to OmniVision and Sony. Incidentally, the sources reckon Sony has been supplying HTC with Super LCD panels since H2 2010.
Meanwhile, a chunk of HTC’s AMOLED panel orders will go to AU Optronics. However, due to yield rate concerns, Samsung will still satisfy a portion of HTC’s desires.
The DigiMen don’t say exactly why HTC is in a huff with Samsung, though it certainly makes sense to spread things around for risk control purposes.
If there’s a more exciting story this week, I will literally eat my own hat.