HTC One Won’t Reach US Shores Until Late April Says New Press Statement

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A brand new press statement from HTC just hit our inbox offering up some less than thrilling news on HTC One availability.

“HTC has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One, and the care taken to design and build it is evidenced in early reviews. The new HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. We appreciate our customers’ patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait.”

Le sigh for HTC. It’s now going to have to work even harder to out market and out muscle the all but unstoppable Galaxy S 4 machine. I’m pulling for HTC here, but if they keep releasing spots like they did for BlinkFeed yesterday, it’s going to take a miracle.

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  • rfgenerator

    Stick a fork in ‘em, they are done. Partly of HTC’s own doing, and partly that Samsung now has the power to pressure vendors to cut off or slow delivery to HTC.

    • fixxmyhead

      yup peter chou better start packing up

  • jane

    Sucks that HTC can deliver a good device but SUCKS major @$$ that they can’t deliver the phone. Quite literally.
    As much as I love them, I don’t see them sticking around for long. They will fall like Apple.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

      What do you mean fall like Apple? Apple is making more profits than any other smartphone vendor. You must mean fall like Blackberry.

  • Spanky

    HTC is the cause of its own undoing. Production delays, outdated software on flagship devices (4.1.2? C’mon now…), non-removable battery, lack of expandable storage (with 32 and 64 GB models, this MAY be moot), and locked bootloaders….not interested at all. And I used to love HTC phones.

    • mdosu

      Agreed, I use to have a HTC One S. It’s a really great phone, but overtime, HTC cannot keep up with the speed of development and features from their competitors.

  • Quan Bui

    wow, I’ve been an advocate of this HTC One device ever since its announcement. This is very sad news for me… aaaaaaaaand they lost my business.

    • http://twitter.com/hsingh1158 Harper Singh

      This just shows that HTC cares about the quality of their product.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

        What will you say when in the first month a bug list is produced?

  • Cfu

    Key to success with this phone is/was beating the S4 to market. If they’re unable to do that…..

  • souggie

    They really want to release the one at the same Damn time as the gs4? Htc shot themselves in the crotch with that one

  • PiCASSiMO

    I will wait… wait till the final prices of HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 come in.

    HTC should price the One at:

    32GB $550
    64GB $650

    To be competitive with Samsung that will most likely have the S4 at:

    16GB $600

    32GB $700

    HTC needs to undercut Samsung by at least $50, if not $100. They should also honour the $100 trade-in that many people originally signed up for it and move out the purchase date from April 31st to May 1st. Otherwise, there will be no buy for me and I’ll have a SGS4 in my hands come beginning of May.

    • Kahlayoh

      If it’s a better phone then the S4 like they say it is, why would they cut the price vs. matching the price?

      • PiCASSiMO

        Think of Nokia with their Lumia 920… no contract retail price of $450 (except it’s locked to AT&T for a month or two). Nexus 4, selling for $350, which is subsidized a little by Google, but still putting huge demand for the phone.

        HTC needs to get themselves out of the water. Pricing at or above SGS4 will make them that much closer to bankruptcy. This ONE phone needs to be sold at or near cost in order for people to start truly wanting to buy it. The following year, when the 2nd gen One comes out, they can increase the price after having sufficient following. Price means everything to everyone.

        • Adrayven

          They would go bankrupt it they listened. They don’t make money from side businesses like Google does. What would be the point of being in business if you only sold at cost? They need a positive cash flow more than a one hit wonder.

        • http://knightofscorpio.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

          You are exactly right. You can’t be in the hole (HTC), then expecting people to bend over backwards to pull you back out (Higher cost for the HTC One Smartphone). You have to give them a little leverage (cutting the cost again), or else they’ll decide to go help someone else (Samsung, & their SGSIV).

    • Quan Bui

      In customers’ minds, high-end phones will cost $600-$700. But that’s not what matters. What matters is how much customers will have to pay UP FRONT. Subsidies, EIP, whatever, it doesn’t matter. It only matters about the up front cost- which is probably gonna be $300 for either devices. In that regard, the only people who’d care about MSRP prices are customers who are gonna buy the thing unlocked… which is not a huge chunk.

  • Nice

    This is why Samsung uses plastic. Customers want it now before other phones get their attention.

    • shawndh

      Yep. There was an article saying exactly that. And we can see the value for them to keep going with the plastic designs. By the time the One gets here, a lot of the power users will be locked in paying for their GS4

  • JB

    At least it’s not one of those open ended timelines like “in the coming weeks”… I abhor when companies say that. Lol

  • James

    wow before the end of April? serious i might just get the galaxy s4..

    • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

      when a company says “before the end of” any month it’s usually the following month lol

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

    This looks like the best upcoming Android device on the market. Too bad HTC. The S4 will probably be out by the time the One is finally in stores and Samsung will out-market HTC into the ground.

  • http://twitter.com/ZamoraO OZ

    The $100 trade-in runs out on March 31st.

    • thepanttherlady

      Dates under Terms of Use were changed:

      To receive the $100 trade in value (or actual device trade in value, whichever is greater) in exchange for the Device you trade in, you must register valid email address on the HTC OneTM Upgrade site, you must purchase and activate a new HTC One by April 30, 2013 and mail in your used Device with a valid Proof of Purchase of your HTC One (copy of UPC or invoice/ receipt showing the IMEI) post marked by May 31, 2013

      http://www.htctradeup.com/htcone/?q=terms_of_use

  • Nick

    “How not to release a flagship phone”

    by HTC

  • Daniel Marcovici

    All of you people complaining about having to wait a little while longer are such sheep blindly following the shepherd ( Samsung ). Think about it this way, HTC has done something AWESOME here with the ” One” and I think it’s worth the wait. One persons opinion might not mean much, although, collectively WE can show the companies like Samsung that they can no longer peddle their slightly updated phones with no creative design in mind whatsoever. They do this because they have the market presence and know people will buy there plastic toy phones. The S4 is a mediocre upgraded version of the S3 and therefore should be called the S3S. They tell us that plastic is much stronger and more resilient, that’s total bull. The truth of the matter is that plastic is cheaper than aluminum or other premium materials out there. Trust me, plastic sucks big time, try taking the back cover off of a SGS3 a few times and you’ll see how those tiny plastic clasps start to break off and how easily the back covers cracks if you put even a slight amount of pressure on your phone. Yes, I am indeed writing this on my SGS3 and speak from first hand experience. Samsung has let US all down and I for one will NOT contribute to their uncaring product design any longer. Imagine a world where there is only Samsung and IPhone, and then Invision how neither of them will care at all about consumer demands because there is no other competitor out the to switch to. That day might soon arrive, that is why we need competition out there ( like HTC ) not only to wow us with their creative ingenuity but to also motivate the other companies ( like Samsung) to not slack off and care about consumer demands. That all being said, I am just one voice, hopefully I got my point across to at least one person out there and they in turn pass it along. I will retire my Samsung Galaxy S3 and patiently wait for the HTC One to arrive because they actually wowed me this time and I don’t want to live in a world without options.

    • Quan Bui

      I understand how you feel, but Samsung hasn’t done anything wrong to warrant your hate. I love my HTC One S because it looks and feels better than anything Samsung has to offer. That said, I also love my Note 2 because it’s a huge phone… something that no other company had the balls to do. It’s not a plastic vs. metal thing, because metal will almost always win. It’s not an argument over the GS4 being a slight upgrade over the GS3. It’s not an argument of blindly supporting Samsung. You have to understand that most people know a good phone when they see one. Samsung- and Apple for that matter-, regardless of how you feel about the company, makes good quality phones. If they didn’t the Galaxy S brand wouldn’t be so popular. Don’t insult fellow customers because they don’t wanna wait longer for the HTC One. People like me have been advocating the HTC One for a long time. We’re the ones that are hurting and we’re the ones who feel somewhat betrayed. We were promised the HTC One before the end of March, and now it’s being pushed back by an entire month. If you don’t have a problem with that, then that’s great for you. But guess what? Not everyone feels that way, so who are you to criticize? If we are all Samsung/Apple lovers and HTC haters, then why the hell are we so angry that the HTC One is being delayed for another month!?!? I also hate companies that don’t value their customers, but what I hate more are self-righteous people.

    • Quan Bui

      I understand how you feel, but Samsung hasn’t done anything wrong to warrant your hate. I love my HTC One S because it looks and feels better than anything Samsung has to offer. That said, I also love my Note 2 because it’s a huge phone… something that no other company had the balls to do. It’s not a plastic vs. metal thing, because metal will almost always win. It’s not an argument over the GS4 being a slight upgrade over the GS3. It’s not an argument of blindly supporting Samsung. You have to understand that most people know a good phone when they see one. Samsung- and Apple for that matter-, regardless of how you feel about the company, makes good quality phones. If they didn’t the Galaxy S brand wouldn’t be so popular. Don’t insult fellow customers because they don’t wanna wait longer for the HTC One. People like me have been advocating the HTC One for a long time. We’re the ones that are hurting and we’re the ones who feel somewhat betrayed. We were promised the HTC One before the end of March, and now it’s being pushed back by an entire month. If you don’t have a problem with that, then that’s great for you. But guess what? Not everyone feels that way, so who are you to criticize? If we are all Samsung/Apple lovers and HTC haters, then why the heck are we so angry that the HTC One is being delayed for another month!?!? I also hate companies that don’t value their customers, but what I hate more are self-righteous people.

  • HANS HOGLUND

    I’m feeling let down by HTC. I understand competition in the marketplace, but come on HTC!!! You are dropping the damn ball here! What good is a bad ass phone if u can’t deliver it? NONE. The phone is now delayed another month… WOW. Why not let the people who pre registered have one?

    PREDICTION: Overstock
    Many HTC loyalists, like myself, are getting impatient and rightfully pissed off. The S4 is coming out, is similar in specs, and will be avail before the One. Why wait? HTC is making it easy for customers to focus on the negatives of the One (non removable battery, SD card, etc) and ma

  • http://knightofscorpio.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    They’re sticking a knife in their own back, sadly (don’t know if it is or was preventable, but still). I really want the HTC One, but I also really want to upgrade soon. Especially if they’re considering people who wanted to possibly trade in their HTC One S’, the value is steadily going down, people can’t continue waiting. Even if you wanted to sell it yourself, the value is still going down. I myself may go for the SGSIV depending on the pricing.

    • shawndh

      The resale value of my One S was exactly what was on my mind. I may not even be able to get $200 for it by the time the One drops.

      • http://www.antmontana.com/ ant

        yea i couldnt get but 160 for a brand new in box one (even thou i got it for free cuz it replaced my sensation ) but still only 160 a used iphone 4 go for 200

        • http://knightofscorpio.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

          Crazy thing about iPhones is they’re always valuable, no matter if it’s an older generation model or not.

      • http://knightofscorpio.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        Exactly, that’s what I’m thinking. I swear this is crazy ridiculous. Technology really kills me with how short the lifespan of smartphones relevance is.

  • mdosu

    Given the sparse device launch schedule this spring (yes, I’m discounting BB Z10), this shouldn’t hurt HTC that much. The core HTC fans will still buy it, but this game will be won or loss with the “marginal, high-end” consumer who will cross shop this with it’s competitors.

  • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

    i suppose in the end there is no one to blame but themselves. you don’t go all in on a battle with Samsung and then miss your launch.

  • nd

    This phone will be out in the us before the s4 which should hit in May. This is just typical crying cuz you cant have your phone when you thought. To Jump to the s4 out of spite is ridiculous in this instance.

  • Trav Montana

    Its definitely time for a HTC company shake up and I really feel the current CEO Mr Peter Chou has to go!

  • Richter_33

    I guess they are taking the “nobody gets ONE” approach at marketing… I’m on to ya, HTC

  • Melvin D

    Although I really see this as sad news I think it’s baffling and irritates me that a lot of you are going to opt for galaxy s4 instead of the one because they are releasing within the same Window. Why would a very small delay dictate getting a different device? That just means you never wanted that device in the first place. Last year I waited through delays for the gs3 because that was the device that I wanted, a delay doesn’t dictate what device I want and I don’t know how that makes sense to those that say that. If you really want a device it doesn’t matter what other devices release alongside I am completely undeterred and I maintain my decision to get the htc one even if the gs4 makes it to market first.

  • Napster87

    I’d like to say that I’ll still get this phone either way but to tell you the truth, the hype that was generated during the announcement is already dying off. The s4 was announced after and will most likely be available before the One here in the states. I like to remain impartial to OEM’s and OS’s but HTC continues to give me reasons to not partake in their products.

  • Nik

    Wow… Dead on arrival now that they are hitting the market around the same time as the GS4

  • Hoggles

    Personally… this makes it REAL easy to wait for Google I/O and the potential announcement of the X-phone with Key Lime Pie!

    Oh HTC… Who is in charge? If it’s Peter…then it’s time to start packing your bags my man. There is about a 200% chance that there will be NO widespread release of the ONE until May and or even June. As mentioned before…when there is already delays and a company says “at the end of April”…that means that maybe a few thousand people have one in North America by the end of April…. I simply can’t see HTC having millions of units ready for a US launch all at once.

    We could be witnessing the downfall of a once great company. If this phone was out now…I’d buy it. Come May…no way!

  • shawndh

    I’m gonna just wait it out since I’m still under contract anyway. Even when someone stole my HTC Sensation and I was without a proper smartphone (stuck with a defective Xperia for a week) I refused to by a Samsung, which was the only phone I could get with the specs I wanted at the time. I settled for the One S and was pleasantly surprised at how nice the phone was. I’ve always kept an HTC as my main phone and I’m definitely going to wait for this monster. HTC is going through some tough times because of some of the stupid decisions they made but overall, I like their products best. I’ll give them another shot and wait for better build quality over another plastic phone.

  • http://www.antmontana.com/ ant

    i mean they only said march never a date but april march same stuff i mean 4weeks longer nothing esp for me im never rushing to spend money

  • Jay

    Samsung is smart by using the plastic.. Htc looks like your chairman will be stepping down

    • Adrayven

      Meh? Who said it has anything to do with the case? Dumb much?

      • Jay

        If u knew how to read I was referring to. The reason why Htc couldn’t keep up with the demand because of their metal design. That’s why Samsung with gain leverage since they use a plastic design. Stupid b*i*t*c**h!!

  • Yoda

    Talk about diluting the potential buyers’ enthusiasm, over and over again…I’m no iFan, but when Apple announces a new product, it’s typically available immediately afterwards to cash in the impulsive buyers…

  • Get_at_Me

    HTC is gonna have a helluva time against Samsung. I’d be sweating bullets if i were HTC leadership.

  • Joseph Tongret

    End of April or not, still think I’m gonna have to get my hands on one of these!

  • why

    Pathetic, first this phone, then the Galaxy IV and the new Droid Razr all having metallic lining on the outside to match the iphone styling. No wonder Apple has to sue these fools…..

  • weezy

    In Hollywood CA, April 19th 10pm – 20th 8am, HTC One Live Nation event going to happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/0mar.Lomeli Omar Lomeli

    Welp…was hoping to pick one up this week :(

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    Giving an exclusive to AT&T is the dumbest, HTC needs to sell as many of these phones as fast as possible. The 64gb version is their best model, they have just taken away allot of potential customers giving exclusive to AT&T. I am pissed off and will buy the SGS4. Now I know why I support Samsung, they take good care of their customers. Thank You Samsung.