Apple Culprit Behind HTC One X, Sprint EVO 4G LTE Delays at Customs

Two of HTC’s flagship and most popular phones in its lineup will be delayed as they head into the U.S. at the U.S. Customs office due to concerns that those models may infringe on Apple’s designs and patents. As a result of Apple’s ongoing lawsuits against Android manufacturers, HTC’s One X for AT&T and the variant that’s headed to Sprint as the HTC EVO 4G LTE will be delayed, the company confirmed late Tuesday.

In a prepared statement to All Things D, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer says:

The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.

While the AT&T version of the HTC One X has already launched with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 4G LTE support with HSPA+ backhaul, Sprint’s variant is anticipated to arrive this Friday into the hands of eager consumers. Like the AT&T version, the EVO 4G LTE will support 4G LTE on the Now Network when Sprint pulls the trigger, but users who adopt the device at this early stage will be limited to 3G EVDO speeds unfortunately.

Neither Sprint nor AT&T are commenting beyond what HTC is already saying at this time.

The One series is now HTC’s flagship smartphone line, similar to how Samsung brands its devices under the Galaxy name, with the One X headlining that lineup. Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE could be seen as a One X variant with some cosmetic differences.

  

Comments

  1. Done-Again says

    I can’t believe that APPLE has done it to me again!!! What happened to the concept of open source, besides, didn’t Jobs give away Windows technology to Billy G. Is it that Jobs had a hard-on for HTC?!? Or did he just get greedY?!? Wait, I meant, GREEDIER!!!!

    • Fung Shei says

      you want open source? heard of macports? how about you download, compile and run an operating system from source?

      oh, you can’t …

      then how about you stop bitching about the fact that your no-skills -having-@$$ HAS TO pay people like @pple, micro$0ft, etc to do the things that you can’t do yourself.

      otherwise, start doing it yourself … and please, stfu.

  2. Rob Centros says

    Yeah, this is a “really unique” patent. Links to phone numbers. Gee, that was never used in computers before the iCult company “innovated” it.

    • Tyler Durden says

      It’s exactly what is wrong with the US Patent system today. It probably took all of 5 minutes to code a slightly different user experience to work around this patent. That alone should tell you how “innovative” these type of patents are. I think the requirements for patenting software functionality should be much more extreme. Invention of the spreadsheet, or the Java language, or the SQL database is worthy of a patent. Patents rewarded for “One click” online checkout or contextual menus on a phone OS just shows how out of touch the patent office is with software development as invention.

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