The HTC One, which was thought to be coming to the United Kingdom, will evidently not arrive until much later in the month with March 29th now pegged as the device’s release date, at least at one retailer.
According to UK retailer Clove, the HTC One release date, which it claimed to have been March 15th, just one day after the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch event, has now been delayed until March 29th, much later in the month and a much longer wait than many had expected.
HTC did not officially announce a release date for the HTC One at the event, only saying that the device would be arriving in March. Clove had heard from HTC that the release date was March 15th, and we also saw Vodafone confirm the same date, but now appears that HTC has advised Clove that the release date, at least is March 29th. How this affects carriers and retailers around the world remains to be seen.
We previously had heard that a carrier in Singapore, which had seemingly planned to put the phone on sale early, said that it would not be offering the phone this week and instead would be offering it later. So it could be that the device has indeed seen its worldwide launch pushed back for unknown reasons.
Previously, we heard that the HTC One release could be hampered by shortages due to the Ultrapixel camera. It could be that HTC ultimately decided to postpone the release so that it could shore up its supply in areas that were going to be affected by the supply shortage.
What this means for the United States release is unclear. So far, no carriers have confirmed release dates and the rumored March 22nd release date is fast approaching. It’s also much sooner than the March 29th release date given by Clove. Typically, HTC launches its phones first in Europe and later in the United States so it’s possible that we could see a delay in the U.S. as well, possibly into April.
HTC has followed up and said that it “will start fulfilling pre-orders by end March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April.” So it could be that many of those who pre-ordered the phone will receive the phone in March but others could possibly be waiting until April. The only carrier that is shipping the phone right now is O2 in Germany though there is no telling how long that might last.