HTC One faces shipment delays, may hit stores in April

It looks like there's more bad news down the pike for HTC and its One flagship phone.

(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

The handset vendor said today that it is pushing back the phone's arrival of pre-orders in certain markets to the end of the month, with a formal roll-out to other markets in April, according to a company representative. HTC told CNET last week that Singapore wouldn't get the One until April.

HTC previously targeted the phone to launch globally this month.

It's another setback for a company that can ill afford another hiccup. HTC has struggled to turn around its flagging profit and sales, and had its hopes pegged on the One to reverse its fortunes.

No reason has been given for the delay, but it could potentially be the complicated process of manufacturing the all-metal frame around the phone. The company told CNET last month that it takes roughly 200 minutes to cut and process the front and rear parts of each unit.

HTC is also running into a bad bit of timing, with Samsung Electronics scheduled to show off its Galaxy S4 at an event in New York on Thursday.


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