TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC is having a hard time getting its flagship HTC One smartphone into the hands of consumers, as the handset has been delayed once again.
Despite promising last week that the HTC One would start shipping this week, Clove has broken the news today that the handset now won't start shipping until next month.
The delay isn't too bad for those who have already ordered the smartphone, Clove promises, with preordered silver HTC One handsets shipping on 3 April. Those who ordered the black model will receive it one week later on 10 April, although the retailer isn't yet aware of how many handsets it will be receiving.
Those who haven't yet ordered the handset won't be able to get their mitts on the HTC One until late April, the retailer said. Clove is unable to promise an exact release date, and seems reluctant to confirm that the release date won't be pushed back even further.
These prolonged delays could hinder HTC's chances of a smartphone comeback, with its biggest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S4, set to be released on 26 April. Still, HTC has been upfront about the delays - up until now, at least, admitting that the set back is due to a shortage of Ultrapixel camera components.
Last week an HTC exec admitted, "HTC has had difficulty in securing adequate camera components as it is no longer a tier-one customer."
We've contacted HTC to confirm the prolonged delays, but had not heard back at the time of publication.
Check out our HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 specs comparison to see how the smartphone fares against its fiercest rival on paper. µ