It seems the HTC One is facing a bit of a global delay, although the extent of said delay is not completely clear. A post on the official Clove Technology blog says that the retailer has been advised that the phone will arrive on March 29, 2013, considerably pushed back from its earlier March 15 date. That’s two whole weeks of additional waiting to those who’ve placed pre-orders.
The UK retailer also insists it will begin shipping back-orders of the One as soon as it receives stock and promises to keep customers in the loop regarding said delay. It informs that this piece of information comes officially, by way of the manufacturer. This is in slight contrast to what the OEM is willing to reveal at present.
Android Central reached out to HTC in an attempt to gain a little perspective and help sort out the confusion. The company’s reply seems to suggest all is well with the device. Apparently it is on schedule and will start to fulfill pre-orders in certain markets by the end of the month. More regions are on course to receive the handset ‘as we approach April.’
Oddly, as the website points out, this is markedly similar to what was announced back in February, around the time of the phone’s launch. Skeptics can always point to the fact that the Taiwanese manufacturer never really made official a specific release date for any region.
The new flagship handset comes with a ton of sweet features and we can see how anyone who has their heart set on picking it up would be disappointed by the news of a delay. Besides the Ultrapixel camera and its ability to record short Zoes, it has the Sense 5 UI which, in itself, is coveted. There’s also BlinkFeed, a spanking new way to stay up to date with the ever-changing world, where everything is streamed live right to users’ home screens.
Whether talk of an HTC One delay will actually affect any region is yet to be seen, although that seems all but certain for Clove customers. For now we’ll just have to wait and see whether the device starts showing up across Europe.